• WHATSAPP gets two-day ban in Brazil leaving millions unable to access the service
After months of rumours WhatsApp has finally been banned.The popular messaging service has come under threat on numerous occasions and was even rumoured to be getting a block in the UK over security fears.

Now a judge in Sao Paulo has banned fans from using the app for 48-hours with immediate effect – telling the country’s mobile operators to stop the use of the popular messaging app.

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It appears the WhatsApp ban has been ordered for failure to comply with a July court order in a criminal case.

According to the 24-hour Band News TV network, the case involves a drug trafficker who allegedly used the WhatsApp service in the commission of crimes.


Speaking about the ban Jan Koum, chief executive of WhatsApp said: “We are disappointed in the short-sighted decision to cut off access to WhatsApp, a communication tool that so many Brazilians have come to depend on, and sad to see Brazil isolate itself from the rest of the world,”The country’s phone companies have tried in the past to get the app blocked, stating its new free call calling feature undermines their own services.

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The 48-hour WhatsApp ban has already led to a thousands of complaints from users angry they can’t access the app.

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And it’s also causing a major headache for the Facebook owned service with rival app Telegram, reportedly gaining one million new Brazilian users in a single day.

WhatsApp has over 900 million users across the globe with over 93 million Brazilians using the service.