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Brazil Shutsdown Whatsapp Services, 100 Million Users Affected

WhatsApp has been suspended in Brazil after failing to hand over information related to a criminal investigation in the country.

The messaging app, which has more than 100 million users in Brazil, will be unavailable for 72 hours from 2pm Brazilian time (6pm BST) on Monday after a judge ordered telecoms providers to block the service.

WhatsApp said it has repeatedly told the court that it does not have the information requested. Last month, the service started encrypting every message sent by its users, meaning they could not be intercepted or stored on servers. Even before then, many WhatsApp messages were encrypted, and the service does not store messages on its servers.

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