Google faces criminal investigation in Brazil, report says

The Attorney General in Brazil is seeking a criminal investigation into allegations that child pornography is distributed on Google's Orkut social network site, according to a report from Bloomberg on Wednesday.

Lawyers for the government say Google failed to comply with a court order to hand over information as to where particular material comes from, the report said.

In a letter to prosecutors, Google said its Brazilian unit is not responsible for the content on the service, which has about 8 million users in that South American country. Representatives from Google in the United States did not immediately return an e-mail seeking comment.

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