The Brazilian Government has issued a decree on the official 48-hour suspension of the application WhatsApp in the state. This was a devastating blow for millions of Brazilians, given that WhatsApp is the most widely used application in the country. According to records, about 93% of Internet users in Brazil today use WhatsApp and the temporary closure of the application caused a storm of criticism from citizens.
However, a temporary stop of WhatsApp in Brazil is just the beginning. The Brazilian Congress is developing a bill according to which users, spread a damaging State or Government of the content will be brought to administrative or even criminal liability. Among other possible “innovations” – an open permission to control the activities of Internet users by the government. The question of whether it would be adopted controversial bill remains open.