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Google's Orkut Faces Brazilian Probe

Google's social network Orkut is being investigated by Brazilian state prosecutors.

News agency Reuters reports that Orkut is under investigation over allegations of paedophilia, defamation and false identity.

The state prosecutors have given Google 120 days to incorporate a new system that stores IP addresses, enabling the authorities to easily track images and other content considered illegal, Brazilian daily O Estado de S. Paulo newspaper reports.

Speaking to the newspaper, state prosecutor Rodrigo Mascarenhas said: “These mechanisms already exist, but Google only stores user information for 30 days. It is a problem the police face when they investigate a crime.”

The principal target of the investigation concerns the allegations of paedophilia, Mr Mascarenhas added.

The prosecutor said that the search giant must provide funds for a media campaign to encourage “responsible use of the Internet”.

Google is yet to respond to the story published in the newspaper.

As Orkut is the number one social network Brazil, experts believe that Google will incorporate the measures to appease prosecutors and Brazilian people.