Facebook executive released from jail in Brazil

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian police have released a Facebook executive who was arrested for refusing to give information about the company's users to law enforcement.

A police spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday's release of Diego Dzodan.

Dzodan is Facebook's most senior representative in Latin America and he was arrested in Sao Paulo on Tuesday on a warrant issued by a judge in the northeastern state of Sergipe.

The warrant says Dzodan repeatedly failed to comply with a judicial order to cooperate with an investigation into drug trafficking and organized crime. The company had ignored requests to surrender user information from the WhatsApp messaging service, an application bought by Facebook in 2014.

WhatsApp expressed disappointment with the decision on Tuesday. It said in a statement that it was "unable to provide information we do not have."