Facebook-owned WhatsApp is back online after a 2-day temporary shutdown by A Brazilian judge. In Brazil, the user count is 100 million, and this blackout has snarled communications for many people.
The popular chat service was blocked in connection with a criminal case, whose details are under judicial secret. But soon a higher court ruling says that decision was unconstitutional and ordered the service allowed back online. Numbers confirm that about 93% of the country’s internet population use WhatsApp. It is more popular among youngsters and with the middle class who make use of its text messages and app based calling.
It is also noted that telecommunication services have already attempted to stop the WhatsApp. This was due to the advantage of free services such as text-based chatting and free voice calling. This has resulted in less number of people taking contracts. The companies are arguing with the government that the messaging app’s free calling option is unregulated and illegal.
“I am stunned that our efforts to protect people’s data would result in such an extreme decision by a single judge to punish every person in Brazil who uses WhatsApp, Until today, Brazil has been an ally in creating an open Internet,” he added. “Brazilians have always been among the most passionate in sharing their voice online.” Zuckerberg wrote in his Facebook post. “
“Because of constitutional principles, it is not reasonable that millions of users be affected,” the court said in a statement.
WhatsApp was slowly being made available again by mid-afternoon Thursday.