WhatsApp, the popular social media application, was once again forced to suspend operations in Brazil on Tuesday by order of a local judge. A Rio de Janeiro judge ordered a nationwide suspension of service on allegations that the provider does not cooperate with police in criminal investigations. Facebook, which owns and operates WhatsApp in Brazil, has said it has no access to the private messages exchanged by the service. WhatsApp has some 100 million accounts in Brazil. Service was suspended in December of 2015 and again in May of this year on similar court orders. In both cases, the orders were overturned by appeals courts within a day or two of suspension of service.
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