A rumor circulating recently says that whatsapp will be blocked on September 7 and is false. The warning, made by the website Boatos, states that text messages, audio and videos have been circulated with the alleged determination of the Superior Federal Court (STF). In addition to the messenger, social networks such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are also mentioned.
The video in question shows an excerpt from the GloboNews channel, dated 2015 and taken out of context. The false news, aired this weekend, states that the STF’s decision aims to undermine the demonstrations in favor of President Jair Bolsonaro (no party) on the date.
In fact, the Brazilian justice has already established the blocking of the messaging application in the past, a fact that has been repeated in other decisions. In the video, presenter Dony De Nuccio reports on a ruling by the Court of Justice of São Paulo (TJ-SP) in 2015. However, the journalist is no longer part of the station’s staff.
Beware of false information!
In the original decision of the TJ-SP, the application was blocked for 48 hours from 12 noon on September 17, 2015. The precaution was taken because whatsapp has not agreed to cooperate in criminal investigations, due to user privacy.
The spread of false information, originally published six years ago, therefore, has nothing to do with the demonstrations planned for next Tuesday (7). In this case, the excerpt from the program and other media were used, without emphasizing the original publication date, so that more people would believe in the material.