Brazil arrests Facebook director of Latin America




Brazilian police have arrested the deputy director of the Latin American branch of Facebook and Instagram and firmly put. A judge has to order because there WhatsApp refuses to release talks of an alleged drug gang.

WhatsApp itself has no office in Brazil but is owned by Facebook. Therefore Diego Dzodan, local vice president of the social network, according to his arrested The Guardian. The court wants WhatsApp conversations release of a group of alleged drug traffickers. The federal police would do so three times have filed a request to the company, all the times was rejected.

The judge then imposed a fine of 50,000 real first and later 1 million real per day, about 233,000 euros. After that nothing too low drive, the judge gave the order to pick up Dzodan on charges of obstruction of the police investigation.

Facebook calls the arrest “excessive and disproportionate”. The company says WhatsApp acts independently and that Dzodan as Facebook CEO thus can not be held responsible. Further stresses Facebook that WhatsApp does not have the information requested, because the conversations are not stored on a server, but only locally on the phones of the conversation participants. In addition, the chats are provided with end-to-end encryption.

End of 2015, Brazil was already at loggerheads with WhatsApp. A judge decided last time to block the service for 48 hours. Even when the court demanded information and wanted that the company could not give it. Another judge ensured that this blockade was lifted early. He considered it not reasonable that the users were the victims of the case between the government and WhatsApp.


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