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Facebook gets to Brazil in a penalty for the withholding of WhatsApp data will be reduced to $6 million

A FILE PHOTO of Stickers bearing the Facebook logo is pictured at the Facebook Inc. F8 developers conference in San Jose, California, united states, April 30, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen Lam/File Photo

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 said on Tuesday.

The decision will have been destroyed, and a fine of about 2.035 billion reais ($528 million) was imposed in June 2017, which have been considered to be disproportionate by the federal court of appeal, in a court case last Wednesday of the month.

Facebook does not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The world’s largest social network, has been struggling 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 relating to a right to require the company to provide the details of the WhatsApp messenger 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.

Reporting by Gabriela Mello; Editing by Lisa Shumaker

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