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Daily Dashboard | WhatsApp blocked in Brazil for the second time in five months Related reading: ACLU files class-action vs. Clearview AI under biometric privacy law




More than 100 million WhatsApp users in Brazil will be without WhatsApp for 72 hours after a judge ordered wireless phone carriers to block the messaging app Monday, Reuters reports. The judge, located in the northeastern state of Sergipe, told the five main wireless operators in Brazil to halt the service of WhatsApp for the second time in five months. This is the same judge who ordered the arrest of a Facebook executive two months ago. According to The Intercept, the order highlights “the increasingly contentious debate over encryption and online privacy.” WhatsApp said it is “disappointed at the decision,” saying the ruling "punishes more than 100 million users who depend upon us to communicate themselves, run their business and more, just to force us to hand over information that we don't have."
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