Goodnews? More than 800 Adult Websites Including Pornhub and YouPorn Just Got Blocked in India

Goodnews? More than 800 Adult Websites Including Pornhub and YouPorn Just Got Blocked in India
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Proponents of the ban claim ready access to porn leads to sexual attacks on women


Will this be a good news or bad news to Indians.
Internet service providers in India have blocked hundreds of pornographic websites at the behest of the Indian government, according to sources in the country’s communications ministry.
The sources said on Sunday that several websites (857 in total) were “found to be spreading anti-social activities,” the Hindustan Times newspaper reported. “Some of them were pornographic, so we have sent letters to internet service providers to block them,” they added.
Many internet companies confirmed receiving the letters, and several other websites are reportedly “under review” by the government as per a court order, according to the Times.
Rumors of the website blockage began doing the rounds on Friday night, when Indian netizens reported that many popular pornography sites like YouPorn and Pornhub were inaccessible through multiple service providers.

But some providers have refused to enforce the government’s request until they receive an unambiguous definition of what constitutes pornography.
“What’s nudity to one person might be art to someone else. The scope of what can be blocked has to be really narrow,” the executive of a major internet company, requesting anonymity, told the Economic Times newspaper.
Twitter users reacted with a mix of exasperation, outrage and resigned satire at the news, with many implying that the conservative government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is to blame.

Proponents of a porn ban like advocate Kamlesh Vaswani, who filed a public interest litigation with the Supreme Court, argue that access to adult content leads to rape and other violent crimes against women, while opponents argue the reverse. The court agreed with Vaswani’s petition in principle but said earlier this month that it had no power to enforce a ban unless the government directed it to do so.
A further hearing on the case is yet to take place.
India is home to some of the most avid consumers of pornography, with data gathered by Pornhub showing that the South Asian nation ranks fifth in terms of daily visitors to the site and fourth in terms of mobile visitors.
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