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Brazil Judge Orders Temporary Suspension of Telegram

A federal judge in Brazil on Wednesday ordered a temporary suspension of the Telegram messaging app after the social media service allegedly failed to fully cooperate in an investigation into neo-Nazi chat groups.

Brazil’s federal police requested complete information on the popular platform’s chat groups, but the ruling from a federal court in Espírito Santo state said “the facts shown by police authorities show a clear purpose of Telegram of not cooperating with the investigation.”

The judge also increased the daily fine for non-compliance to 1 million reais (about $200,000, €181,000) from 100,000 reais previously, according to the ruling.

Brazil has seen a rise in school violence in the last year, including an incident in November in which a man with a swastika pinned to his vest shot and killed four people in two schools in the small town of Aracruz in Espírito Santo state.

The blocking of the messaging app appears to be in line with the country’s push to curb violent attacks in schools and to limit the influence of social media.

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva made regulation of social media platforms a key consideration in a meeting with ministers and Supreme Court justices earlier this month.

Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes in a meeting on April 18 called social media a “no man’s land” where users can get away with actions and speech that are illegal in real life and called for regulation of the services. Lula voiced his support for the proposal too.

Source : DW