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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) which is applied in June, 2017, shall be deemed to be disproportionate by the federal court of appeal, in a lawsuit Wednesday of the month.
In a statement to Reuters, a WhatsApp representative will be welcomed to the court of appeal’s decision: “We appreciate that the court has recognized the value and legitimacy of the end-to-end encryption in the country. This is a very important law that will help to make sure that it is the right of all citizens to be online, safe and secure.”
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.
Reporting by Gabriela Mello; Editing by Lisa Shumaker