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Brazil Judge Orders Temporary Suspension of Telegram

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Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes referred to social media as a “no man’s land” where users can still get away with actions and speech that are illegal in real life, and said regulation is needed.

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A federal judge in Brazil on Wednesday ordered a temporary suspension of messaging app Telegram, citing the social media platform's alleged failure to provide all information Federal Police requested on neo-Nazi chat groups. The move is regarded as part of the country's push against a rise in school violence.

Later, several Telegram users said they could no longer use the messaging app after local carriers complied with the ruling. Google and Apple were also ordered to block the app.

The judge also increased the daily fine for non-compliance to 1 million reais (about $200,000), from 100,000 reais previously, according to the ruling, which was provided by the Justice Ministry's press office.

The ruling from a federal court in Espírito Santo state said "the facts shown by police authorities show a clear purpose of Telegram of not cooperating with the investigation." Brazil's federal police confirmed in a statement that the push to block Telegram is already on course.

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