Brazilian court unblocks Telegram, but maintains fine | News

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Federal judge Flavio Lucas, of the Federal Regional Court of the Second Region, signed on Saturday a conduit to unlock the Telegram computer application for cell phones and computers, which had been suspended days before by order of the Federal Court of EspĂ­rito Santo, local media reported.


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The judicial body ordered last Wednesday the blocking of the application after the company that manages it refused to provide data on neo-Nazi groups that use the messaging service.

The decision responded to the investigation of an event that occurred on November 25, 2022, when a 16-year-old boy invaded two schools in the municipality of EspĂ­rito Santo, in Aracruz, killing three teachers and one student, injuring others. 12 persons.

The perpetrator had belonged to two extremist groups, the Brazilian Anti-Semitic Movement and the Anti-Semitic Front, and when the Federal Police requested access to the data on the communication exchanges, the company refused, claiming that the group had been excluded and therefore could not provide the information.

The security forces discovered that the group was active at the time of the request, so the Federal Court of EspĂ­rito Santo decided to block the application until the investigations were completed.

When ordering the unblocking, Judge Lucas considered that the suspension "is not reasonable, considering the wide affectation throughout the national territory of the freedom of communication of thousands of people absolutely unrelated to the facts investigated."

Although it returned to operation, the fine of one million reais a day remains on Telegram for not complying with the obligation to provide data on all users of the identified channels.

Even with the unlock order posted early Saturday afternoon, the app still had instabilities hours later. Even late at night it was not possible to send or receive messages, according to local media.

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