Mumbai: In an attempt to control inflammatory content on the social networking website Orkut, the city police and the site's parent company Google have thrashed out a "working agreement" to control posts made by users on the site.
"Earlier we had to approach the authorities in Delhi to get in touch with the Google to pull off inflammatory content posted on the website.
"But since January, we have a working agreement whereby we give them information regarding content which persons find offensive and they take appropriate action like blocking the user profile or community," Deputy Commissioner of Police (Enforcement) Sanjay Mohite told PTI here on Friday.
He said that with the agreement they had been able to act a lot quicker on complaints received regarding the site.
Mohite said the police had received complaints about communities as well as from individuals who found derogatory profiles about them posted on the site by other individuals.
Orkut, a website run by Google, is extremely popular in the country with the second highest number of its members from the subcontinent.
"So far, communities regarding Bal Thackeray, Chhatrapati Shivaji and Babasaheb Ambedkar have been pulled off the site, thanks to the agreement," Mohite said.
Google has provided police forces across the country with a Priority Reporting Tool, an online software application using which they can report offending data on the Orkut website, a spokesperson for Google said.
The report is received by us and we verify whether the concerned community or profile is in violation of our existing terms and conditions and community standards," the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson said if found to be in violation of the pre-stated rules the data is pulled off the website.
In addition to police reports, the site also accepts complaints from users regarding content posted on the website and takes action against the offending data if found to be in violation of rules, the spokesperson said.
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