WhatsApp is without a doubt one of the most used messaging apps in the world. Millions of users are using this app every day.
Today, an interesting news has come from Brazil. It looks like a judge has told phone companies to shut down Whatsapp for 48 hours for failure to comply with a July court order in a criminal case.
We are talking about a case involving a drug trafficker linked to the PCC, also known as Sao Paulo’s most dangerous criminal gangs, which has been using this messaging app in the commission of crimes.
This is a shocking decision, because approximately 93 million people are using WhatsApp in Brazil. So, is this a good or a bad decision? Well, we will find out, but one thing is sure. Closing a popular messaging app that more than 90% of the country’s internet population are using, makes people search for other alternatives.
What is the alternative? Well, Telegram. Actually, this has been the most downloaded messaging app in Brazil during this day. It looks like in the past 12 hours, Telegram has declared that more than 400,000 users from Brazil have downloaded and signed up for this app. After three hours, another 1 million uses has joined the group. That last counting has stopped at 1,5 million new users, but the counting is still ongoing. Without a doubt, this has been a great day for Telegram developers, but also a very busy one, because they are struggling to keep pace with demand.
“This is a sad day for Brazil. Until today, Brazil has been an ally in creating an open internet,” has declared Facebook Inc. Chief Executive, Mark Zuckerberg. Until the case will be solved, it looks like WhatsApp will not be available in Brazil.
“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,” has declared chief executive of WhatsApp, Jan Koum, in a statement post on Facebook.