Brazil’s Supreme Court reported that Telegram will be blocked from the country because they consider, it does not have the willingness to comply with court orders with the aim of avoiding misuse of the messaging application, such as the fact that dangerous content can be exchanged without any regulation.
Initially, the Brazilian Federal Police was the one that pointed out to Telegram not to cooperate with authorities to avoid possible crimes and even went further by pointing out that the messaging service by its code and guidelines offers a free ground for malicious people to make use of its functions.
After the order was announced, internet service sales companies as well as digital platforms had the obligation to implement containment measures for Telegram, so this would also mean an elimination of application stores such as the Play Store and the App Store.
The sanctions were also announced in case the companies omitted or refused to block Telegram, which would be equivalent to an economic fine of 100 thousand Brazilian reais for each day they did not block it, an approximate of 19 thousand 905 dollars.
However, this blockade against Telegram would be justified, for some time there were already open investigations in Brazil, after a few days ago, the government of that country reported that the social network had a dark side and was used to spread extremist propaganda, hate speech, even the realization of crimes such as drug trafficking, trade in fake money or pornography.
Regarding these accusations, Pavel Durov, CEO of Telegram, issued a statement to affirm that the actions that the Brazilian security forces had previously requested had reached a general email account and not the one they had requested, so they were lost. He also asked Brazil’s supreme court to reconsider delaying this provision, so they could make the necessary updates.
Telegram has been blocked by the governments of several countries, such as Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, China, Cuba, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Pakistan, Russia, Thailand and now the most recent, Brazil.