Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg urges Brazilians to protest WhatsApp ban

WhatsApp came back online in Brazil earlier than expected, but Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants Brazilians to speak up to prevent it from happening again.

On Monday, Judge Marcel Montalvao in the northeastern state of Sergipe asked five wireless phone carriers to block the messaging service for 72 hours after WhatsApp failed comply with a court order to turn over data tied to a criminal investigation. By Tuesday evening, the ban was lifted, allowing more than 100 million Brazilians to use the app.

It was the second time that WhatsApp has been hit with a temporary ban in five months.

“The idea that everyone in Brazil can be denied the freedom to communicate the way they want is very scary in a democracy,” Zuckerberg wrote in a post about the topic.

He urged Brazilians to sign an online petition and to raise their concerns at a Wednesday event outside Congress, where the tech mogul said laws will be introduced that would prevent blocking Internet services such as WhatsApp.

Jan Koum, WhatsApp CEO, also called on Brazilians to make their voices heard.


Photo Credit: Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO. (Kirstina Sangsahachart/ Daily News)


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