WhatsApp has been in blocked Brazil by a court ruling for the second time in less than six months. The app will be blocked for 72 hours starting at 1 p.m. EDT Monday, as reported by Folha de S.Paulo, a Brazilian media outlet.
The ruling was made on April 26 by Judge Marcel Montalban. WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, has been requested to provide information on messages sent between users who are being investigated by the federal police.
Facebook said in March that it cannot comply with the order. “WhatsApp cannot provide information we do not have,” a statement read. WhatsApp has end-to-end encryption, which means the company cannot read messages sent across its network.
Service operators are complying with the court’s decision, according to Folha de S.Paulo. If they do not comply, the operators will be fined 500,000 reais, or $143,000.
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