The Electoral Court forced WhatsApp to indicate whether certain mobile numbers fired mass messages in the 2018 elections. The numbers are from individuals and companies related to Quickmobile, Yacows, Croc Services and SMSMarket.
Companies are suspected of providing this service for the campaign of today’s President Jair Bolsonaro (PSL). According to Folha de S.Paulo, they sent messages during the campaign and were hired by private companies that supported the elected candidate.
The order to inform whether the shooting really happened came from the general corrector of the Electoral Justice, Minister Og Fernandes. In a decision published on Thursday (7), he cites cell numbers pointed out by Vivo, Claro, Tim, Algar and Oi.
The corregedor general also asked WhatsApp to clarify whether it has taken any measures to block or ban the accounts cited by operators between August 14 and October 28, 2018. The action taken by the Electoral Justice, however, should not be as effective for the investigation.
This is because the companies would have used hundreds of chips that were registered in the names of third parties, as also indicated leaf. The investigation into the mass firing of messages during the 2018 elections is part of an electoral judicial investigation action (Aije) filed by the PDT.
In October, WhatsApp itself went so far as to confirm that the electoral period had mass shootings of messages. The statement was made through the company’s public policy and global elections manager, Ben Supple.