WhatsApp, now a product of Facebook had to suffer the wrath of the Brazilian courts just because Facebook refused to hand over some data to the criminal courts.
Residents of Sao Paulo, Brazil, were shocked by their cell phones not allowing them to use the WhatsApp service since midnight, Friday. There was a bit of a commotion while people resorted to other applications and voice calls to let their dear ones know that WhatsApp had suddenly stopped working for them. Little did they know that this was a government imposed ban on the whole country. Before they knew it, the government reinstated the powers of use to the users of the country, and the whole process took approximately 8 hours to adjust.
What the people came to know later was that WhatsApp was shut down by the courts just because the parent company, Facebook had refused to compromise user secrecy and share confidential information to them. An angry court thus made a move against Facebook by imposing a 48 hours ban on WhatsApp. However, the matter was quickly resolved when the courts were pushed to rectify this decision and lift the ban on WhatsApp. People argued that banning another service which is so popular, just because the parent company stuck to its user confidentiality and did not give the court the information they needed.
This is not the only time that a service has been blocked by a country. For example, in Turkey and in some other countries, the services of Youtube have been blocked because Google refused to turn in information.
This is something quite strange, because the governments are forcing them to do what these websites promised the people of their country to protect at any cost – the secrecy of their data. Mark Zuckerberg sounded univocal to this idea and expressed alarm over these demands from the Brazilian government. He encouraged the people of Brazil to use the Facebook Messenger.