Brazil court lifts Telegram suspension for not complying with order on neo-Nazi groups

A keyboard is placed in front of a displayed Telegram logo in this illustration taken February 21, 2023. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil’s second instance appeals court lifted on Saturday the suspension of the encrypted messaging app Telegram, imposed earlier this week for its noncompliance in sharing information about extremist and neo-Nazi groups using the platform.

Flávio Lucas, a judge from Brazil’s Federal Regional Court of the 2nd Region, stated in his decision that a complete suspension of Telegram’s service in the country “is not reasonable” due to its impact on the freedom of communication for thousands of people unrelated to the ongoing investigation.

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However, the judge upheld the imposition of a daily fine of one million reais ($200,553) on the company for failing to provide the requested data.

The federal police requested the suspension order after Telegram failed to comply with a previous court decision to hand over data about two neo-Nazi groups on the app accused of inciting violence in schools.

Telegram brands itself as a messaging app focused on speed and privacy and says its special secret chats use end-to-end encryption not stored on its servers.

Telegram did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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