Orkut fined half a million dollar for fake profile

Brazilian court has fined Orkut $500,000 for allowing fake profile on the site. Civil court case, filed by race car driver Rubens Barrichello in 2006 has his fake profile depicted him as a toy turtle.

In another India incident, Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) arrested a man for allegedly posting obscene (morphed) photographs of a former colleague on Orkut. After profiling the victim as a call girl, he mentioned her residence and mobile numbers in the profile as well (via).

Given the way profiles can be maligned, do you see a need for profile authentication service for social networks in India?

Twitter does have the service for authenticating celebrity profiles, but what about Orkut/FB etc? Will you pay for that ‘Verified’ seal?

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