17th December 2015, a Brazilian Judged has ordered for shut down of WhatsApp for 48 hours starting tonight 9 pm Eastern Standard Time.
A court in Brazil has imposed a 48-hour block on the popular cell phone messaging app.
Justices claim the Facebook-owned company has refused to cooperate with criminal probes.
Social web could be next as Brazil’s Congress push to ban social platforms citing Brazilians spend almost double the time on social media than on important matters.
WhatsApp is the single most used application in Brazil, with about 93 million users, standing at 93% of the country’s internet population.
Brazilian telco’s having lobbying for its closure citing WhatApps’s voice service is unregulated and thus can easily offer a window for illegal communication in this era of extremist radicalization.
Shutting down WhatsApp would be similar to taking half the country off the social circles as Brazilians spend almost double the time on social media as Americans.
If Brazil’s conservative Congress gets its way, they’re going to take down the entire social web as we know it, with bills circulating through the legislature to criminalize posting social media content and to allow the government to spy on its citizens.