Brazilian judge Paulo Cesar de Carvalho has ruled social network app, Secret illegal in Brazil. Secret was launched only last year but has since been having a lack of the limelight. Well, it’s too late to redeem its fame as Google has been ordered to remove the app from its Google Stores and every single Android device in the country.
It may sound impossible for the company to do so. However, never undermine technology! There is a security feature in Android that enables Google to remotely remove apps without any user permission required. In 2010, Google used this system to remove a bunch of malicious software that made it on to the Play Store and some user’s devices. Google then sent out a push notification to inform users of the situation at hand.
So, why has Brazil taken such a dramatic and drastic stand? It comes from Secret being a social networking app. We know that anonymous bullying and harassment has been rampant over social networks like Facebook. The judge is basically just sick and tired of this happening. It worries him that this bullying especially the more aggressive ones cannot be traced by law enforcement.
Previously in the original hearing, the Minister of Rosa Weber Supreme Federal Court suspended the decision due to concerns that the ruling would effectively apply censorship to citizens.
Judge Paulo has given Google just ten days to remove the app from Google Play Store and delete Secret from smartphones all over the country. If the company and its partners fail to do so, a daily fine of $20,000 ($8,888 USD) will be imposed. The only way to escape is to appeal.