Access to Whatsapp has been blocked following an order from the Courts in Brazil. The blockade has been initiated and telecom companies in Brazil have been directed to block access to the messaging service for two days or 48 hours.
The first criminal court of São Bernardo do Campo said in a statement: "WhatsApp did not respond to a court order, dated 23 July, 2015. On 7 August , 2015, the company was notified again of being subject to fixed penalty in case of non-compliance."
The Criminal case against Whatsapp is regarding a drug trafficking and criminal gang that used Whatsapp for carrying out Crimes. Whatsapp has failed to give details about the criminal gang to the authorities after they made a request. The blockade of Whatsapp was initiated after Whatsapp has been non-compliant with a request made by the court. Whatsapp has failed to follow court order dated July 23. It was way past August 7th when Court has set a fine for Non-compliance and issued a two-day ban on the messaging service.
Whatsapp is owned by Facebook. Facebook acquired Whatsapp in a $19 billion deal in 2014.The company has since then been owned by Facebook. Brazil has several Whatsapp users who are also affected by the ban. In the wake of the two day ban, several Brazilians have started using other messaging apps.