Government Bans More Than 850 Porn Websites And Gives Twitterati A Field Day

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6:06 pm 3 Aug, 2015

Indian Internet users are outraged! They have a reason to be. The government order that came on late Friday night has asked Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block over 850 porn websites. And to justify their actions, they have found cover in Supreme Court’s observation that little has been done to prevent child pornography, which is illegal, from being accessed on the web, reports Indian Express.

Internet users who tried to access porn websites through MTNL, BSNL, Hathway and Spectranet complained of blank pages, while those using Vodafone, Airtel and cable broadband, claimed to have faced no such issues.

However, government sources have said that the denial of access was a temporary one and more of a prelude to the creation of a regular regulatory oversight

 

Can India actually ban porn? Well, it doesn’t seem so. ISPs have said that it is virtually impossible to ban porn websites given that servers hosting these sites are outside the country.

The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team claims there are more than 40 million porn websites around the world and most of them operate outside India from locations where porn is legal. Further, those who really do want to access porn, can do so using freely available proxy servers and location maskers.

What does Porn Ban imply? This year, a bench headed by Chief Justice H.L. Dattu dismissed a plea seeking to ban pornography in the country, questioning whether a ban of such nature would not be an infringement on one’s freedom citing it as a violation of Article 21 (right to personal liberty).

 

Angry posts criticised service providers and the government for blocking porn sites and commentators questioned what people would do with their “unlimited” data plans when internet porn is banned.

 

 

 

 

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