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Court Orders Shut Down of WhatsApp for 48 Hours in Brazil

By Georgia Grimond, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Popular online messaging service, WhatsApp, has today December 17th been suspended for 48 hours in Brazil. A court in São Paulo state has ruled that the app will not function for two days because it is said to have failed to cooperate in a criminal investigation.

WhatsApp, which is owned by American company Facebook, is the most widely used app in Brazil and has about 100 million personal users. Companies, federal and local government also use the service to send messages, voicemails and pictures over the internet.

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