Fresh censorship trouble for Google in Brazil

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BrasÍlia, Mar 24: Amid its ongoing battle with China on censorship issues, Internet major Google has invited the ire of Brazilian authorities over pages containing dirty jokes on Orkut.

On Tuesday, Mar 23, a Brazilian court in the northern state of Rondonia slapped the search engine giant with a fine of 2,700 dollars for each day that the pages remained up on the social networking site.

The court also ordered Google to stop sleazy material from being posted on its social networking site, brushing aside the internet behemoth's argument that it did not have the technical means or workforce required to police or censor pages on Orkut.

The court also noted that Google already implemented such curbs on its pages in China. However, it did not address the Google-China dispute.

The lawsuit reportedly came up when two teenagers complained that the jokes on Orkut pages offended them.

Orkut has its biggest following in Brazil.

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