April 5, 2018 / 7:52 PM / a year ago

Facebook fined $33 mln for failing to aid Brazil graft probe

BRASILIA, April 5 (Reuters) - A Brazilian judge has ordered that Facebook Inc pay 111.7 million reais ($33.4 million) for failing to cooperate with a corruption investigation in the state of Amazonas, federal prosecutors said on Thursday.

Facebook was fined for failing to give access in 2016 to WhatsApp messages exchanged by individuals under investigation for an alleged scheme to defraud the state's health system, prosecutors said in a statement.

Prosecutors said Facebook lawyers had called the fine "excessive and disproportional." A representative for Facebook did not immediately comment on the matter.

$1 = 3.34 reais Reporting by Ricardo Brito Writing by Gram Slattery Editing by Leslie Adler

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