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A Brazilian judge has blocked access to Facebook’s hugely popular WhatsApp messaging service for 72 hours.
More than 100 million people use WhatsApp in Brazil, about half the population, and this is the second time in five months that judges have moved against the app.
The decision was taken by a judge in the northeastern state of Sergipe and is thought to be to do with secrecy surrounding an ongoing case in Sergipe’s state court.
In December WhatsApp was the subject of a blocking order that lasted 48 hours, although the suspension was interrupted by another court soon after.
WhatsApp has recently started encrypting all text messages sent by its users in Brazil and has refused to hand over data to the authorities.
The judge behind the latest blocking order sent a Facebook executive to prison last year, for failing to comply with a previous blocking order. The executive was subsequently freed.
In a statement, WhatsApp said the company was “disappointed at the decision” which “punishes more than 100 million users who depend upon us to communicate themselves, run their business and more, just to force us hand over information that we don’t have.”