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WhatsApp Back Online in Brazil After Temporary Block

FILE - A youth checks his cell phone in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Dec. 17, 2015.

WhatsApp is back online in Brazil. For many at least.

A Brazilian judge has struck down a lower court ruling that temporarily blocked the popular messaging service.

The service has about some 100 million users in Brazil and its 12-hour-long ban snarled communications for many people.

A court ordered it blocked in connection with a criminal case, whose details are under judicial secret.

But a higher court ruling says that decision was unconstitutional and ordered the service allowed back online.

WhatsApp was slowly being made available again by mid-afternoon Thursday.