It’s been reported that a judge in Sao Paulo has ordered that WhatsApp be shut down. The shutdown is set to last 48 hours, and went into effect starting at 9pm EST on December 16.
WhatsApp is very popular in Brazil – the most used app – with 93 million users. The service is widely used by the youth and poor in the country, as they cannot afford costly Brazilian phone plans.
Update: 10:15am, EST – It’s been reported that the suspension on WhatsApp has been lifted.