The messaging app has been blamed for providing “pirate” services and reducing the growth rate of local telecommunication companies.
Due to the efforts of local telecommunication companies, a Brazilian has given the orders to block WhatsApp messaging service for 48 hours starting from Thursday midnight, local time.
The local telecommunications companies are reported to be involved in this verdict. It is not the first time they have tried to affect the growth of WhatsApp. Back in August, all the major mobile operators in Brazil joined hands to create a report for convincing the government that the messaging app is illegal and is affecting the growth of local mobile operating firms.
“We are disappointed in the short-sighted decision to cut off access to WhatsApp, a communication tool that so many Brazilians have come to depend on, and sad to see Brazil isolate itself from the rest of the world,” the WhatsApp Chief Executive Jan Koum stated on his Facebook Timeline.
The shutdown may be a first step to a massive change in the government policy as the current government is trying to pass a law that will require the Brazilian people to enter their personal details such as address, phone number, etc. for getting access to the internet. The bill, if passed, will take away the freedom of internet users across the country.
The decision to block WhatsApp is proving to be beneficial for its rivals, particularly Telegram, with the service claiming to have gained 1 million new users from Brazil within just 24 hours.
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