Orkut Content Policy

The following Content Policies are the shared values of the Orkut community. Orkut is a place where users can express their own beliefs and values, and our Content Policies help foster a positive environment. These policies are a living document that apply to all Orkut content, found in both profiles and communities, and will change based on the needs of the broader community and the tools available, so we encourage you to review them frequently.

We take the Orkut Content Policies seriously and ask you to respect them. As Orkut members, you have certain responsibilities to yourselves and to each other.

 

How to report abuse

If you believe that someone is violating this policy, use the report abuse option on either the person's community or profile page. Just click report abuse on the left menu. If you report an issue, we'll review your report and take action if appropriate. Not all reports result in removal.

While we encourage users to take full advantage of their profiles and communities on Orkut to share ideas freely with one another, we have limitations on certain content and behavior. Click the links below to read about the restrictions users are subject to. Violation of any of these restrictions may result in the suspension or termination of a profile or community.


Nudity or sexually explicit material

We don't allow nudity, graphic sex acts, or sexually explicit material. We also don't allow content that drives traffic to commercial pornography sites or that promotes pedophilia, incest, or bestiality. Google and Orkut have a zero-tolerance policy against child sexual abuse imagery, including animated or graphic cartoon images of child sexual abuse imagery.

If it comes to our attention that this type of content exists, we will disable your profile and remove the content. We are also obligated to report it and its owners to the appropriate authorities. We also reserve the right to remove profiles of convicted or registered sex offenders as determined or required by applicable laws.

Malicious content

We do not allow content whose sole purpose is to injure and damage someone's reputation by making malicious personal attacks without any political, professional or social commentary.

Teen safety

Children under 13 are not permitted to access Orkut, but teens who are less than 18 are allowed on Orkut with the SafeBrowse feature on. If someone directs sexual comments towards a minor, their account may be deleted.

Read more information for teenage usage.

Violent behavior

Don't threaten, harass, or bully other users. We encourage our users to try to work out disputes with others on their own. In cases of serious threats we will take action. Note that we do not allow violent text or images promoting animal cruelty.

Hate speech

We don't allow the promotion of hatred toward groups of people based on their race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status, or sexual orientation/gender identity.

Age

When creating an Orkut profile, users must enter their real birth dates. Users need to be at least 13 years old to use Orkut. If we find any evidence that a user has lied about his/her age, we may delete the account.

Impersonation

We don't allow impersonation of others or other behavior that is misleading or intended to be misleading. Users can submit an impersonation report at anytime.

Private and confidential information

We don't allow unauthorized publishing of people's private and confidential information, such as credit card numbers, national identification numbers, passport numbers, driver's and other license numbers, or any other information that is not publicly accessible. To protect your own privacy and your confidential information, be careful not to share any private or confidential information with others.

Copyright

We will respond to clear notices of alleged copyright infringement. For more information or to file a DMCA request, visit our copyright infringement procedures and also visit the Copyrighted Material Policy.

Illegal activities

Orkut should not be used for unlawful purposes or for promotion of dangerous and illegal activities. If found engaging in such activity, we may terminate your account, notify law enforcement authorities, or take other appropriate action.

Spam, malware, and phishing

We don't allow transmission of malware, viruses, or anything that may disrupt service or harm others. Spam is also prohibited and may include: undesired advertising, the use of automated means to perform actions such as creating new profiles, sending scraps, messages, invitations, or creating communities, etc. Malicious scripts and password phishing scams are also not allowed.

For users from India, the best way to report abuse on Orkut would be by following the instructions on this page. Details of Google Grievance Officer can be found here.

 

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