WhatsApp refuses to surrender messages to police; Brazilian court freezes 6 mn Facebook funds

After WhatsApp refused to surrender messages demanded by the police, a Brazilian court has ordered the freezing of more than 6 million Facebook funds.

Updated: Jul 04, 2016, 16:40 PM IST
WhatsApp refuses to surrender messages to police; Brazilian court freezes 6 mn Facebook funds

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: After WhatsApp refused to surrender messages demanded by the police, a Brazilian court has ordered the freezing of more than 6 million Facebook funds.

The police had repeatedly asked WhatsApp for the messages of suspected drug dealers involved in an international cocaine traffic case, Xinhua news agency reported.

As the US company failed to respond to the police order issued early this year, a court in Parana on Thursday ordered a freeze of $6.1 million in Facebook accounts.

WhatsApp was cut off in Brazil for 72 hours in May for a similar case.

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg posted on his Facebook page calling on Brazilians to protest the suspension.

The Facebook founder is yet to react to Brazil’s freezing order this time as the latest update on his Facebook page was dated on June 29 at press time.

(With IANS inputs)