Brazil lifts ban on Telegram, daily fine upheld – Times of India
According to a report by news agency Reuters, a judge stated in his decision that a complete suspension of Telegram’s service in the country “is not reasonable” due to its impact on the freedom of communication for thousands of people unrelated to the ongoing investigation.
However, the imposition of a daily fine of one million reais ($200,553) on the company was upheld for failing to provide the requested data.
Why was Telegram banned?
A popular instant messaging platform, Telegram offers end-to-end encrypted chats and has a policy of not interfering with what its users share on the platform — something it shares with its competitors WhatsApp and Signal.
Citing this policy, the company denied Brazilian authorities’ requests to reveal the personal data of users who had been sharing extremist hate messages.
The ban came after an investigation revealed that a teenager, who was responsible for a mass shooting at a school in Brazil, was part of hate speech groups on Telegram.
What the Telegram founder said
As per a previous report, Telegram founder Pavel Durov said in a statement that the data requested by the Brazilian court is “technologically impossible” to obtain.
He noted that the app has already exited some countries, including China, Iran, and Russia due to local laws and it may also exit Brazil for similar reasons.
Durov added that leaving a market is “preferable to the betrayal of our users and the beliefs we were founded on.”
Telegram brands itself as a messaging app focused on speed and privacy and says its special secret chats use end-to-end encryption not stored on its servers.
Previous bans on Telegram
This is not the first time Telegram had faced issues in Brazil. Previously, Brazil imposed a ban on Telegram in 2022 for less than 48 hours alleging that Telegram didn’t comply with local authorities in preventing the sharing of fake news and dangerous content.