Court freezes Facebook's funds in Brazil

July 1, 2016

A Brazilian news site says a federal court has ordered more than $6 million in Facebook funds frozen because its popular messaging service WhatsApp failed to turn over messages sought in a drug case.

The G1 news site says the order to freeze Facebook's accounts was issued Thursday night. The court in the southern state of Parana said it had no immediate comment and Facebook said it would not comment.

Police have said that WhatsApp has repeatedly defied repeated orders to turn over messages sent and received by suspected members of a drug trafficking gang.

The frozen 19.5 million reals ($6.1 million) is equal to WhatsApp's accumulated fines for refusing to comply.

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not rated yet Jul 01, 2016
It sounds like Facebook needs to shut down all services in Brazil until this stupid thing is done and over with. I wouldn't turn services back on until the amount requested is vacated and an equal amount is paid for damages along with assurances that this kind of thing will never happen again. Holding billions of pictures hostage is not something I would normally advocate but Brazil needs to learn it can't dictate local laws to international companies. Brazil needs Facebook more than Facebook needs Brazil.

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