Source: CD Media

JUST IN – Brazil Supreme Court orders messaging app #Telegram to be blocked in the entire country (h/t Disclose TV)

The development is obviously an effort to stop the re-election of Jair Bolsonaro, the Brazilian populist leader.

Minister Alexandre de Moraes, of the Federal Supreme Court (STF), determined today (18) the blocking of Telegram in Brazil. The measure responds to a request from the Federal Police as a result of the application’s failure to comply with a court order. According to information from the G1, the National Telecommunications Agency (ANATEL) is complying with the order. At the time of publishing this article, the agency is already notifying companies to take measures to make it impossible to use Telegram. A daily fine of R$ 100 thousand will be applied to those who disobey the decision.

The Federal Police (PF) tried to contact Telegram to be able to forward court orders to block profiles, request registration data and the suspension of monetization of accounts linked to profiles used to spread false information and hate speech. The company never responded. As a result, the Federal Police requested the STF to block the platform, stating that the application is “a free ground for the proliferation of various content, including repercussions in the criminal area” because it is “notoriously known for its stance of not cooperating with judicial authorities and cops”. (translation)