WhatsApp experienced a two-day suspension in Brazil for its noncompliance in the country’s criminal proceeding.
In Brazil, WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging services and voice apps. But it was shut down throughout the country for two days or 48 hours.
The shut down started on Thursday, local time.
The reason for it was the noncompliance of the app in a criminal proceeding.
But another court in Brazil lifted the suspension. The said court said that it would be unreasonable for millions of WhatsApp users to lose their ability to use the application.
The shutdown stemmed when Brazilian telecommunication companies complained about the meteoric growth of WhatsApp, an app owned by Facebook. The application is used by millions of people around the world to send texts without having to pay carrier fees.
These telecom companies objected that the app weakens their own services.
As surveyed by TechTudo, WhatsApp is the most popular application in Brazil. In fact, it is used by 93 percent of the respondents.
In April 2015, it has accumulated 45 million users in Brazil alone. The number was a huge increase from 38 million just two months prior.
But the shutdown started after one court determined that the app wasn’t able to comply with two court orders that were issued this summer. Unfortunately, the petitioner and the nature of the case weren’t known.
In a Facebook post, CEO of the app, Jan Koum expressed his frustration about the shutdown and he called it a “poor judgment by the court.”
Later on, the CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, also showed his dismayed about the short-sighted decision and called it a “sad day for Brazil.” While waiting for the block to be reversed, Mark encouraged WhatsApp users to use Facebook Messenger instead.
The popularity of WhatsApp
This app is more popular outside the US.
One of its reasons is that it allows people to exchange texts without having to pay bigger fees to their carriers. But it’s not just for texting.
The app can be used for trading photos and videos.
Then, this year, it expanded its service to compete with Skype by offering users the ability to make Internet phone calls.
In the Middle East, Facebook receives 11 percent of mobile traffic. WhatsApp, on the other hand, is merely 3 percent.
Facebook is making WhatsApp a natural place for individuals to communicate with businesses. Then, it is slowly monetizing that partnership.
WhatsApp started out as a regular text messaging app in 2009. But unlike other basic SMS applications, WhatsApp allows users to leave voice messages.
Since it has been acquired by Facebook for $19 billion in 2014, its growth became consistent. The price of acquiring the app is considered as one of the largest deals in the history of the Silicon Valley. In September, the app reported having more than 900 million active users per month. The number is twice its users just 12 months prior.
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