On Wednesday Google announced that they will shut down some Orkut communities, after leads from the Brazilan government suggesting that some advocate violence and human rights violations.
Google met with a Brazilian human rights commission on Tuesday, where they were presented with compelling evidence that some Brazilians have been using the invite-only service to commit crimes.Â They will shut down any communities that violate Orkut’s terms of service, which forbid “any illegal or unauthorized” purpose.Â
Nearly 8 million Brazilians are members of Orkut, representing nearly a quarter of all Brazilians with internet access.Â Some Orkut communities have recently been linked to drug dealing, organized fights, and even a plot to kill the President and plant a bomb in Congress.
“Orkut does not condone any of the communities that advocate violence and are a threat to human rights,” Nicole Wong, a Google attorney, said in a statement.
Google has tentatively agreedÂ to remove site communities from Orkut, and work with police to help identify those who posted the pages.Â Â This is only a preliminary agreement, andÂ a final agreement is expected in 15 days.
Under the terms of the proposedÂ agreement, Google would hold user information for up to six months to allow for Brazilian courts to issue subpeonas, if neccessary. Google would also be required to set up a Portuguese speaking team to monitor the communities.
Google has not confirmed whether they will be handing over user data, and stated that they were still waiting on Wednesday for a list of the questionable sites.
We’ll keep an eye on this situation, and update you with all the latest information.