Zuckerberg celebrates as Brazil lifts WhatsApp ban

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Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg shared his excitement on social media after learning the news that a Brazilian judge lifted the ban on the Facebook-owned popular messenger, WhatsApp. The Brazilians celebrated the news and shared it on social media.

“WhatsApp is now back online in Brazil! Your voices have been heard once again. Thank you to our community for helping resolve this,” Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post, via the Techcrunch.

“That said, the idea that everyone in Brazil can be denied freedom to communicate the way they want is very scary in a democracy. You and your friends can help make sure this never happens again, and I hope you get involved.”

The Facebook founder did not appreciate the order of the Brazilian court to ban WhatsApp for 72 hours. Zuckerberg wants one thing, and that to put a stop on blocking messaging services with the help of the users.

In addition to the celebration, Zuckerberg also urged the Brazilian people to show up the nation’s Congress on Wednesday to show their support for the introduction of laws that would prevent a state court from blocking messaging services like WhatsApp.

Access to the service has finally restored after it was blocked in Brazil for 24 hours when a state judge ordered for its suspension. WhatsApp has a huge presence in the country, more than 100 million people here use the messaging application.

A judge in the Brazilian state of Sergipe has ordered local phone providers to block access to WhatsApp for 72 hours, but the ban did not last. On Thursday,  a judge in Brazil has ordered the court to lift the suspension.

According to Rio Times Online, the suspension of WhatsApp highlighted the failure of the one company to turn over the system’s data, but Reuter said that WhatsApp has tried everything to comply with the court’s request, unfortunately, the company doesn’t have such facts to turn over.

This is not the first time that WhatsApp has been suspended. Last year, the service has also been banned for 48 hours after a Sao Paulo-based judge ordered for its suspension after it didn’t cooperate in a criminal investigation, which involved some access to its encrypted messaging services. Earlier this year, the same judge has also ordered the Brazil-based Facebook executive to jail after the company failed to comply with the court’s request for accessing its services.

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