Regardless of what you may have seen on Twitter or other social networks, stay tuned: Orkut has not returned! At least not in an official way, in that project affiliated with Google that was created in January 2004 and ended in September 2014.
Scam begins with the user receiving an email message alerting them of their account deactivation
Instead, it is an Android application that is being distributed through the Google Play Store, but that was created by fans. It brings the same visual style and several features of the late social network, but at first it does not share its source code with the classic Orkut.
As Uol points out, the novelty gave rise to talk among internet users, reaching the first place in the Trending Topics – to the most commented subjects on Twitter – this Saturday, March 7th. In total, there were more than 27 thousand publications on the subject in a short period of time.
As soon as the application is installed and opened by the user, a message already informs that it is not an official application, but a version created by a fan. Even so, the next alert of the app is that it will not be possible to retrieve information from the past that was saved in the classic Orkut.
In other words, your photos, communities, information and your own account of the past are lost forever. Not even the creator of the original social network, Orkut Büyükkökten, has anything to do with this new iteration of the app.
Also according to the publication, it is important to keep an eye on the risks that the new version of Orkut brings to users' privacy. After all, there is no company like Google behind the initiative to protect the security of your data. With that, there is no way to know if the fans who created the app will use their personal information properly – including their photos and their online behavior.