The Telegram application, suspended in Brazil, following a

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Brazilian Supreme Court Judge Alexandre de Moraes on Friday ordered the suspension of the Telegram messaging application, saying he had repeatedly refused to comply with court orders or comply with the country’s laws, according to a copy of the ruling consulted by Reuters and quoted by News .ro.

Moraes’ decision, which could spark a politically polarized debate on freedom of expression in Brazil, is the latest chapter in the fight for justice with far-right President Jair Bolsonaro and his allies.

The president and his supporters have increasingly relied on the Telegram as a form of mass communication.

Moraes has led a series of Supreme Court investigations into the president and his supporters for spreading false news. According to Moraes, Telegram has repeatedly failed to block offensive accounts and ignored court decisions.

He gave Wilson Diniz Wellisch, the head of Anatel’s telecoms regulator, 24 hours to implement the suspension, which will last until Telegram complies with the remaining court orders, pays a series of fines and presents a country representative to the court. .

Moraes also ordered giants Apple and Google to help block users on their platforms from being able to use Telegram in Brazil.

Telegram, which has become popular with far-right groups around the world, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Federal police declined to comment.