Legal issues with Orkut
On August 22, 2006, Brazilian Federal Judge Josť Marcos Lunardelli ordered Google to release Orkut userís information of a list of about two dozen Brazilian nationals, believed to be using Orkut to sell drugs and involved in child pornography by September 28. The judge ordered Google to pay $23,000 per day in fines until the information is turned over to the Brazilian government. The information the government is requesting would also be used to identify individuals that are spreading child pornography and hate speech, according to the Brazilian government. As of September 27, 2006 Google has stated that they will not release the information, on the grounds that the requested information is on Google servers in the U.S. and not Google servers in Brazil, and is therefore not subject to Brazilian laws.
In the wealthier and developed regions of Brazil, there has been an unusual rise in deaths from anorexia nervosa linked to Orkut, in that all of the young Brazilian women who die from anorexia and starvation were former users of Orkut (some were also former obese). It is unusual because it only happened in the wealthy region, and the rest of Brazil are undeveloped and impoverished without the finances to afford life necessities, such as food and shelter.<sup id="_ref-0" class="reference"></sup>
On October 10, 2006, the Bombay High Court's Aurangabad bench served a notice on Google for 'allowing a hate campaign against India' <sup class="noprint"></sup>. This referred to a community on Orkut expressing Pakistani nationalism called 'We Hate', which initially carried a picture of an Indian flag being burned and some anti-India content. The community currently has 122 members.
The High Court order was issued in response to a public-interest petition filed by an Aurangabad advocate. Google had six weeks to respond. Even before the petition was filed, many Orkut users had noticed this community and were mailing or otherwise messaging their contacts on Orkut to report the community as bogus to Google, which could result in its removal. The community continues to exist and had spawned several 'We hate those who hate India' communities.
On November 23, Bombay High Court asked the state government to file its reply in connection with a petition demanding a ban on social networking site, Orkut, for hosting an anti-Shivaji Web community.'File reply on plea for ban on Orkut: HC'
The community had been blocked by the Pune police after a few violent incidents were reported in the city when its existence came to light two weeks ago. Though the community is currently inaccessible, the petitioner Subodh Balsaraf, a Thane resident has demanded that Orkut, which has captured the fancy of many Indians, be banned.