Court blocks WhatsApp in Brazil


RIO DE JANEIRO: A judge on suspended the WhatsApp smartphone messaging service across Brazil, where it is hugely popular, for failing to surrender user data in a police investigation, the court said.

“WhatsApp is blocked across the whole national territory,” a spokesman for the court in Rio de Janeiro told AFP. WhatsApp, owned by Facebook, has clashed several times with Brazilian courts after refusing to give access to police.