Brazil’s Supreme Court to Decide on Constitutionality of WhatsApp Blocking

The Federal Supreme Court will rule on two lawsuits involving blocking messaging apps such as WhatsApp and Telegram.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Federal Supreme Court (STF) schedule for next Wednesday, May 20th, includes the judgment of two cases involving the blocking of messaging apps in Brazil, such as WhatsApp and Telegram. The court may reach a final decision on whether this is allowed by law.

One of the lawsuits is ADPF 403 (Action for Non-compliance of Basic Principles ), reported by STF Justice Edson Fachin. The case was brought in 2016, shortly after a Sergipe judge ruled that operators Claro, Vivo, TIM and Oi should block WhatsApp nationwide for 72 hours. The ruling was suspended after 24 . . .

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