The higher court in São Paulo overturned the ruling a few hours after the ban was implemented.
A court order that temporarily banned WhatsApp in Brazil has been cut short after a judge found the ruling unreasonable. Citing Brazil's constitutional principles, Judge Xavier de Souza said that it does not seem reasonable that millions of users are being affected due to the failure of the company (WhatsApp) to provide information to the court.
Yesterday, a court ordered telecommunications companies in the country to block the popular messaging application, which Facebook bought for $19 billion in 2014. The court originally intended to block WhatsApp for two days--48 hours--for failing to provide sensitive information, particularly, messages between drug traffickers.
The higher court in São Paulo overturned the ruling a few hours after the ban was implemented. Judge Xavier de Souza recommended increasing the amount that WhatsApp will be required to pay as the penalty for failing to cooperate with the government. The messaging service insisted on protecting the data of its users.
Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, expressed his disappointment in a post, saying that the social network is working hard to reverse the blockade. Facebook's Messenger was not affected. WhatsApp is used by over 100 million users in Brazil. A survey conducted by the research company Ibope found that 93 percent used WhatsApp while 79 percent used Facebook regularly.
“This is a sad day for Brazil. Until today, Brazil has been an ally in creating an open internet. Brazilians have always been among the most passionate in sharing their voice online. I am stunned that our efforts to protect people's data would result in such an extreme decision by a single judge to punish every person in Brazil who uses WhatsApp,” said Zuckerberg.
Source: Financial Times