Brazil’s Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes ruled to block Telegram, stating that the messenger had repeatedly refused to comply with court orders to ban accounts that spread misinformation, and had also systematically violated the country’s laws .
The decision was taken against the wishes of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who and his supporters are actively using Telegram, while American tech giants Meta (owners of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp), Twitter and Alphabet have consistently complied with court orders to suspend accounts for spreading false information. During his recent speech, the country’s president called for the court’s decision to block the platform “unacceptable”reported Reuters.
The creator and head of Telegram, Pavel Durov, said that the incident is related to a malfunction of the mail on the Telegram.org domain: the administration of the messenger has repeatedly met the requirements of the Brazilian authorities and previously offered to send requests to a special Address for immediate suspension of accounts violating the laws of the country. However, for some reason the next court decision was sent to the main address of the service, and the company simply did not have time to respond to the appeal.
“As tens of millions of Brazilians rely on Telegram to connect with family, friends and colleagues, I am asking the court to look into this [возможность] postpone the decision for a few days at our discretion and allow us to rectify the situation by appointing a representative in Brazil and establishing a rapid response system for future issues like this.”said Durov.
Judge Moraes, meanwhile, gave the head of telecoms regulator Anatel, Wilson Diniz Wellisch, 24 hours to suspend the service, which will remain in effect until the messenger complies with previous court decisions, pays multiple fines and ensures the country’s representative is present in court . In addition, he instructed Apple and Google to help block Telegram in Brazil.