The ruling was made by the Supremo Federal Court and was issued last Friday. In addition to ignoring orders to remove some channels, Telegram is also said to be “not following the laws of the land”. According to Reuters news agencyWho saw the verdict?
The ruling has been passed to the Communications Authority and the suspension will be in effect until “Telegram complies with existing court orders, pays a series of fines and summons a representative of a company to Brazil to appear before the Supreme Court.”
Pavel Durov, Telegram Founder and CEO, Telegram (37 years old) explains in a comment It was a misunderstanding. Telegram suggested using an email address configured specifically for takedown requests, but the judicial system continued to send mail to the Telegram shared address. Telegram allegedly omitted emails in that inbox, thus failing to respond to requests.
The Russian businessman says the company “certainly could have done a better job” in this case. He asks to postpone the ruling so that Telegram can take the necessary measures: “I am sure that once we establish a reliable communication channel, we can efficiently process removal requests for public channels that are illegal in Brazil.” According to the founder, the application is used by tens of millions of Brazilians.
The judge also ordered Google and Apple to block Telegram on their platforms. Reuters says the two tech giants have yet to respond. According to the site, Facebook, Google and Twitter are complying with court orders in the country, which should attract more misinformation to Telegram.
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