WhatsApp Judge Wins the little Love in Brazil: Judge Marcel Montalvao joined some of the Brazil’s top of the politicians as one of the country’s most-hated public figures when he ordered a 72-hour shutdown of the WhatsApp this week, abruptly cutting off the messaging service for around 100 million users.
WhatsApp Judge Wins the little Love in Brazil
But none of the young women staring at their cell phones and tapping away on new-restored WhatsApp in the patch of the shade outside the Montalvo’s courthouse in the small city of the Lagarto were among the haters.
Even as the judge was prepared to rule on the cases involving their loved ones in the courthouse compound that is heavily guarded and sits behind the high, electrified fence and the women were expressed to understand for a man known locally as the fiercely dedicated to fighting the crime.
Marcielle Santana stated that it was a pain at first and they use the zap-zap all the time, he said this using the universal slang term in the Brazil for Facebook owned WhatsApp.
But you have to respect him and he is going after the drug gangs, pedophiles.
Montalvao ordered the Brazil’s main telecom operators to block the WhatsApp on Monday for 72 hours after it failed to produce for the court to messages supposedly traded between the members of the Brazil’s most of the powerful drug gang.
In March, he ordered the imprisonment of the Brazil-based Facebook executive for failing to comply with the previously attempted block on the block on the WhatsApp. After a day the executive was jailed and freed.
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This week, the Montalvao’s order to lifted by the higher court about 24 hours after it went into the effect. Last December, a similar temporary block of the messaging service was occurred and after that the judge in Sao Paulo state was ordered to it shut for failing to share the information in the criminal case.
WhatsApp was officially repeatedly argued that they cannot turn over to the judge’s material that they cannot possess. They say, their encrypted messaging service does not store the user generated content on any of the servers.
The block of the WhatsApp ignited such an outcry in the Brazil that was a congressional commission on Wednesday that recommended a bill that would bar the authorities from blocking the popular messaging applications.
Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook Inc’s Chief Executive also weighed in calling on the Brazilians to demand that the WhatsApp will never be blocked again.
On Tuesday, a minister at Brazil’s Council of Justice i.e. Nancy Andrighi, a federal watchdog over the judges given the Montalvao two weeks to explain his decision to block the WhatsApp. If the council finds the judge abused his power and it could take disciplinary action against him.
Despite all that, the Montalvao’s reputation in the Lagarto and the surroundings area still remains the positive even after his nearly a year long battle with the Facebook and WhatsApp – principally because of his hard-line stance against surging the crime, often linked to drug gangs in the city.
From classroom to police protection:
Montalvao, the son of the shoe shiner, spent around 20 years as a school teacher in the state of Sergipe the capital of Aracaju, Montalvao. He told the Lagarto radio station the last year that he became a judge in 2004 after deciding that the teaching was not doing enough to help the young people.
On Thursday, Montalvao declined to give an interview to the Reuters about the WhatsApp case, citing judicial of secrecy and the delicate security situation that are surrounding at the arrival that day of the eight gang suspects to his court.
Montalvao’s willingness to take on the criminals also including the PCC and the notorious Sao Paulo based on drugs and extortion cartel.
Eduardo Maia the president of the Lagarto chapter of Brazil’s bar stated that he lives under 24-hour police protection and he spends much of his time by wearing a bullet resistant vest.
Maia also said that under the Brazilian law the Montalvao’s order was perfect, as Facebook and WhatsApp were not providing or storing the information that the Internet laws require to keep them, he also said that the problem is whether that law can be met by any of the company and was the order was proportional to the problem the judge was trying to solve?