Picture taken on March 1, 2016 of the main entrance gate of the Provisional Detention Centre in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where the vice president of Facebook for Latin America, Diego Dzodan is being kept detained. AFP PHOTO / NELSON ALMEIDA
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A Brazilian judge ordered the release Wednesday of Facebook's vice president for Latin America, a day after he was arrested for refusing to hand over WhatsApp messages to the police investigating a drugs case.Facebook, which owns the popular WhatsApp mobile phone messaging tool, denies it has tried to obstruct the police probe.When Facebook refused to comply, Brazilian authorities imposed fines, starting with 50,000 reais (about $12,500) daily beginning two months ago, and which rose to 1 million reais ($250,000) a month ago, Sergipe federal police told AFP.It's not the first arm-wrestle between Brazilian justice authorities and Facebook.In December, a judge ordered the suspension of WhatsApp for 12 hours after it failed to hand over information during another criminal investigation.
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