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RIO DE JANEIRO (Web Desk) – Brazil police force has banned officers’ use of smartphones on the job, saying instant messaging services like WhatsApp on the beat threatens security.


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In an internal memo circulated last week, the Rio de Janeiro state force said it would be monitoring for smartphone and tablet use, which would be considered a ‘serious offense’.

However, the memo, dated October 9, did not spell out the possible consequences for offenders, the Metro reports.

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Brazil is one of the world’s top users of social media, and the instant messaging application WhatsApp has become the preferred method of communication for many.

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The memo said that use of instant messaging apps and social media harms ‘security, productivity and the quality of (officers’) services to population’.

It told officers to use radios instead.