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Brazil blocks WhatsApp for 72 hours

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Social app   The Facebook-owned service failed to comply with an order

A Brazilian judge has ordered all wireless phone carriers in the country to block WhatsApp.

The order came after the Facebook-owned messaging service failed to comply with an order asking to turn over data related to a criminal investigation.

According to reports, the app, which is used by over 100 million Brazilians, will be blocked for 72 hours.

"Yet again millions of innocent Brazilians are being punished because a court wants WhatsApp to turn over information we repeatedly said we don't have," Jan Koum, Whatsapp's founder, posted on his Facebook page.

"Not only do we encrypt messages end-to-end on WhatsApp to keep people's information safe and secure, we also don't keep your chat history on our servers.

"When you send an end-to-end encrypted message, no one else can read it - not even us. While we are working to get WhatsApp back up and running as soon as possible, we have no intention of compromising the security of our billion users around the world," he wrote.

This is not for the first time that WhatsApp has been blocked in Brazil. In December, a judge ordered the shutdown of WhatsApp for the country for two days after not complying with a criminal investigation, but the ruling was overturned the next day.

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