Facebook accepted that order, but only blocked the profiles in Brazil. That measure could therefore easily be circumvented by adjusting the settings of the account.
That is why judge Alexandre de Moraes decided on Thursday that Facebook should close the profiles worldwide. The company was also fined € 312,000. In addition, the judge threatened to hold Conrado Leister, the president of Facebook in Brazil, personally responsible.
“Faced with the threat of criminal liability to an employee, we have no choice but to stick to the decision and block profiles worldwide,” Facebook said in a statement Saturday.
The social network site says it will appeal against the court decision. “The new court decision (…) is a threat to freedom of expression,” it sounds.