21.1 C

Brazilian Supreme Court orders suspension of Telegram in the country over its refusal to comply with Judicial requests

According to a copy of the judgment seen by Reuters, Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes ordered Telegram’s suspension on Friday, citing the company’s persistent refusal to comply with judicial requests to freeze accounts propagating disinformation or comply with the country’s laws.

Telegram founder and CEO Pavel Durov apologized for the business’s “negligence” and requested that the court postpone its decision for a few days while the company worked to enhance compliance.

As larger tech companies like Meta, which owns messaging app WhatsApp, Alphabet Inc’s Google, and Twitter have complied with Supreme Court orders to remove offending accounts for allegedly spreading disinformation, far-right President Jair Bolsonaro and his supporters have increasingly relied on Telegram as a means of mass communication.

- Advertisement -TechnoSports Ad

Moraes’ ruling, which is certain to fuel debate about free speech in Brazil’s politically split society, is the latest chapter in the crusading justice’s fight against Bolsonaro and his friends. Moraes has been in charge of a succession of Supreme Court investigations investigating Bolsonaro and his followers for spreading fake news, investigations that have outraged many on the right and prompted concerns about judicial overreach.

Bolsonaro said the court’s judgment was “inadmissible” while speaking at a religious gathering in the western state of Acre. Telegram had frequently neglected to block infringing accounts and ignored the court’s decisions, according to Moraes’ ruling.

“We absolutely could have done a better job,” said Durov, Telegram’s creator, blaming his company’s inadequacies on email issues. Durov urged the court to postpone its decision on his Telegram account.

Moraes granted Wilson Diniz Wellisch, the head of telecoms regulator Anatel, 24 hours to enforce the suspension, which will last until Telegram complies with outstanding judicial orders, pays a series of fines, and appears in court with a national representative.

Moraes also asked Apple (AAPL.O) and Google to assist in preventing Telegram users in Brazil from using their services. Apple and Google have both declined to respond. Moraes’ decision was met with immediate resistance from the government.

Justice Minister Anderson Torres slammed Moraes’ “monocratic” ruling on Twitter, saying it had “harmed millions of Brazilians.” Torres said he has given his ministry instructions to “research a solution to restore the people’s right to use any social network they want.” Telegram has been popular among far-right groups all across the world.

The software has been blamed for creating an increasingly aggressive subculture of anti-vaccine conspiracy theorists who swap knowledge about alleged dangers and organize protests that have devolved into violence in Germany, where local media reported that authorities blocked 64 Telegram channels in February.

also read:

AMD bringing out its 4800S Desktop Kit With Better GPU Support


- Advertisement -Follow-Google-News


The Top 10 Most Streamed Movies of 2023 in India

The year 2023 is going to end in two...

Shohei Ohtani signs $700 million contract with LA Dodgers to become the richest MLB player in history

Shohei Ohtani has now become the highest paid player...

Girona shock Barcelona with 4-2 win to restore 1st place in LaLiga table

Girona have stunned the world by defeating Barcelona 4-2...

Don't miss

The Sleep Company [CPS] IN


Nivedita Bangari
Nivedita Bangari
I am a software engineer by profession and technology is my love, learning and playing with new technologies is my passion.

Top 10 IT Companies in World: Here are the leading IT companies in the world (11th December)

Top 10 IT company in world: Over the last two years, there has been an increase in IT expenditure, which has resulted in the...

How to send HD Images on WhatsApp in 2023?

How to send HD Images on WhatsApp in 2023: WhatsApp is one of the most popular instant messaging programs. Using WhatsApp we can exchange...

Best ChatGPT prompts: Here are the best prompts in 2023 (11th December)

This article presents a compilation of 20 top ChatGPT prompts suitable for various social media platforms to aid you in advancing your professional objectives....


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.