Tech giants stage legal battle to keep Secret and Cryptic in Brazil

The tools for anonymous confessions have been deemed illegal in the country but Google and Microsoft question the concept of anonymity and feasibility to meet Court demands.

Nearly a month after the anonymous confessions apps Secret and Cryptic were banned in Brazil, Google and Microsoft have been granted a primary injunction against the decision.

The initial ruling by the Court of the Brazilian state of Espírito Santo in August determined the app be removed from the iTunes Store and Google Play, and from users' devices.

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The Court gave the companies 10 days to do so on the grounds that the Brazilian constitution vetoes anonymity and also states that privacy is inviolable, despite guaranteeing freedom of expression to citizens.

Secret and Cryptic enable users to post anonymous messages that can be "liked" or shared by other users. However, some users started to take advantage of such anonymity to post defamatory messages and images that encouraged virtual bullying.

Apple and Microsoft complied with the decision immediately and still have not reinstated the apps, however Google maintained the Secret app on its store.

Microsoft and Google then launched their appeals and were successful based on the arguments that the app is not all that anonymous since authors of unlawful posts can be traced via their IPs.

The tech giants also argued that removing the apps from users' devices would be "technically unfeasible" and "hardly legal" — especially given the 10-day deadline initially given.

A final verdict hasn't been issued.