WhatsApp is available in Brazil again, after a judge temporarily blocked the messaging app on Tuesday. However, the highest court in the country released it again this time after several hours.
The service was blocked because the department refused to cooperate to share a police investigation and the user data of suspected drug dealers. The Rio de Janeiro judge Daniela Barbosa ruled that access to the app should be blocked immediately because WhatsApp’s owner, Facebook, had shown “total disrespect for Brazilian laws.”
However, a few hours later, her ruling was reversed by supreme court president Ricardo Lewandowski, who said that blocking WhatsApp is “scarcely reasonable or proportional.”
It is the third time in a year that the chat app is blocked in Brazil because of a conflict with the law. Each time the decision was again reversed by the higher court. WhatsApp, with more than 100 million users, is the most popular messaging service in Brazil.
“It’s shocking that less than two months after Brazilian people and lawmakers loudly rejected blocks of services like WhatsApp, history is repeating itself.”
WhatsApp founder Jan Koum expressed on Facebook his frustration at the repeated blocking of the service.