For A Social Site, Orkut Is Good At Making Enemies
from the trouble-everywhere-it-goes dept
As social-networking sites go, Google's Orkut is definitely something of an also-ran. It hasn't come close to capturing people's attention the way many of its rivals have, and the only significant activity it does see seems to come out of Brazil. And even in that market, much of the news is bad, as the site is seen as haven for drug dealers. This has lead to some unpleasant legal conflicts with Brazil's government. Even outside of Brazil, the site seems to be a magnet for trouble. A court in India has now deemed the site to be a breeding ground of anti-India hate, due to the presence of an anti-India user group, and an image of a burned Indian flag. Now we can understand the fact that MySpace is at the heart of many legal issues these days because it's wildly popular. But for how little Orkut means to Google, it seems to bring a disproportionate amount of trouble.