A decide in Brazil has over again ordered a brief block at the popular messaging app WhatsApp in reactionto the company‘s refusal to turn over statistics in a criminal investigation.

according to Brazilian publication Folha de S.Paulo, choose Marcel Montalvo has ordered companies to dam the service for 72 hours beginning Monday afternoon. If Brazilian smartphone companies do now not cut off the service, they could face a first-rate of $143,000 (500,000 reais) a day.WhatsApp, that’sowned through fb, said it was dissatisfied with the judge‘s ruling.

“This decision punishes more than 100 million Brazilians who depend on our provider to speak, run theirbusinesses, and more, so as to pressure us to show over records we again and again stated we don’thave,” said a spokesperson for WhatsApp.This is not the primary time Brazilian government have blocked the service. In December, a choose ordered WhatsApp be blocked for 48 hours after it refused to complywith a court docket order.In its absence, some human beings seem to have grew to become to differentpopular messaging services. One alternative, Telegram, stated there had been delays sending verification codes to new usersdue to overload,” but that it’s operating to restore the hassle.