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Brazil court to reduce the penalty for Facebook’s refusal to take part in WhatsApp for details

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SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc is a very personal WhatsApp messages of a drug-trafficking investigation in Brazil, has to be reduced to 23 million reais ($6 million), a Brazilian federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday.

The decision will have been destroyed, and a fine of about 2.035 billion reais ($528 million) was imposed on June of 2017, in a disproportionate deemed appropriate by the court.

In a statement to Reuters, a WhatsApp spokesman welcomed the court of appeal’s decision. “We are very concerned about the privacy of our users, and are grateful for the Parana court of justice confirmed the importance and legitimacy of the end-to-end encryption in the country. This is a key decision that will help in the protection of the rights of the people of Brazil also have a safety deposit box and a private on-line conversations.”

The world’s largest social network, has struggled with legal issues in Brazil in the last couple of years.

In 2016, a senior Facebook executive, was being held in a Brazilian jail for almost 24 hours, in which the company is considered to be “an extreme and disproportionate measure,” as a result of a dispute over a court that is asked to provide information from the WhatsApp service.

The messaging app was in the front line in Brazil in the bitter presidential race of last year, after the newspaper Folha de S. Paulo reported that supporters of far-right-wing candidate, and eventual victor, Jair Bolsonaro, had financed the mass of messages of attacks on left-wing rival, Fernando Haddad.

A few days before the election, Facebook removed dozens of pages and accounts which are associated with a christian marketing group for the violation of any of the social media network of deceit, and spam policies.

WhatsApp has more than 120 million registered users in Brazil, a country of nearly 210 million people, rivaling the reach of Facebook is the largest platform for one of the largest markets around the world.

The messaging service has grown to be one of the most important ways of the Brazilians to stay in touch with friends, co-workers, and family, and they are also an important channel for obtaining political information.

Reporting by Gabriela Mello; Editing by Lisa Shumaker and Rosalba O’brien

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