Brazil Asks Google to Shutter More Orkut Communities

By Ben Charny  |  Posted 2006-05-24 Print this article Print

Google's expects to soon get a new list of Orkut communities that Brazilian authorities believe violate local law and should be shut down, a Google representative said May 24.

The list was drafted following a meeting Tuesday that Google representatives had in Brazil, with the same officials. The topic concerned how some Orkut communities are said to promote hate speech, child pornography and some forms of political extremism, all of which violates Brazilian law.

Orkut is wildly popular in Brazil, and much less so elsewhere around the globe. It's estimated that a third of Brazilians who have an Internet connection belong to Google's Orkut.

"We will review and immediately remove any communities that threaten immediate harm to individuals or otherwise violate our terms of service," a Google representative said in response to a question about the meeting. |

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