A Brazilian court ruled to ban Telegram due to its refusal to provide data on neo-Nazis.
The Brazilian court ruled to block Telegram in the country due to the incompleteness of the data provided to the police. In addition, the court increased the fine for the messenger, imposed by the lower court, 10 times to 1 million reais ($198,000 or more than 16 million rubles) per day.
As reported by G1, the court's decision is related to the police demand for Telegram to provide data of administrators and members of neo-Nazi groups, which may be related to the attack on a school in Aracruz, in which four people died. The police found that the 16-year-old shooter interacted with anti-Semitic groups on Telegram, which published videos on making explosive devices and promoted the ideals of neo-Nazis. According to the publication, Telegram did share some information, but they did not include, for example, the phone numbers of interest to the investigation.
According to the country's intelligence agency, Vivo, Claro, Tim, Oi, as well as Google and Apple, which are in charge of the Playstore and App Store, were supposed to receive notifications about the blocking of Telegram this Wednesday.
According to Similarweb, Telegram is the #1 most popular app in Brazil, followed by WhatsApp and Facebook.
In January, Brazil's Supreme Court fined Telegram 1.2 million reais ($236,527 at the time) for failing to comply with a court order to suspend the accounts of supporters of former president Jair Bolsonaro.