It seems to be a case of he said, she said.
At first the assumption was that the cell phone companies in Brazil banded together to try and figure out what to do with Whatsapp, which is a free service offered by its parent company, Facebook. However, the union representing Brazil’s cell phone service operators, SindiTelebrazil, said they have no involvement in the case.
According to AP, Facebook is not playing ball. "In a statement, Sao Paulo’s criminal court system said only that WhatsApp had been handed two prior judicial orders this year that the California-based company failed to heed." Via AP.
Nobody actually knows exactly why or who is behind this since the case is kept under judicial secret. Oy.
This is what Mark Zuckerberg had to say about it:
"Until today, Brazil has been an ally in creating an open internet. Brazilians have always been among the most passionate in sharing their voice online," Zuckerberg’s said in his post. "I am stunned that our efforts to protect people’s data would result in such an extreme decision by a single judge to punish every person in Brazil who uses WhatsApp. " Well, go suck a dick, Zuckerberg. Open internet, what a joke.
It sucks for Brazilians that rely on the service on the daily.