Ban on Facebook Inc (FB)’s WhatsApp Lifted by Brazilian Judge
It was a sigh of relief for both Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB)’s WhatsApp, as well as, its users in Brazil after a Judge lifted the ban quickly. That was because it was the most downloaded applications in Brazil last year. Also, half of its 200 million people were using the app’s text, as well as, voice messaging functions frequently. Aside from that,citizens depended on the app exclusively for their every day communications. That provided few glimpses of reasons that the Brazilian attached importance to the app.
Single Judge Ordered Blocking
Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB)’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, expressed his surprise when he heard that WhatsApp messaging service was asked to be blocked for 48 hours by a Single Court judge. The ban was lifted the next day by a different judge. However, the judge did not accept the contention that the blocking of WhatsApp caused millions of users to get affected since the company failed to cooperate with an investigation about a criminal. However, the judge preferred slapping of a fine on the app provider.
Brazil was said to be the fourth biggest smartphone market in the world. A young person told a media that he went crazy after hearing the cancellation of the app since he could not contact his family or his girl friend. He also said that he was able to realize that he was addicted to WhatsApp when it was not functioning. He believes that it was impossible to live without the app. That indicated several people’s mindset in the country.
Victory For Brazilians
Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB)’s WhatsApp co-founder, Jan Koum, posted a blog saying that the restoration of the service in Brazil was a victory for the people. The company’s executives criticized the banning earlier and now felt happy that the people’s voice was heard loud and clear by the law enforcement agencies.
Zuckerberg said that he was taken aback for protecting the users’ data and that it would lead a severe decision of a judge to punish WhatsApp users. He termed the day of banning as a sad day. For Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB), Brazil is one of the biggest markets outside the America.
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