India Has Banned Porn!

Next time you open up Pornhub so that you can quickly jerk off before you go out, spare a thought for the poor people on India, who have found themselves with an internet without porn after their government has banned it.

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The government seems to have asked the Internet Service Providers in the country to block over 800 pornographic websites, with more to come. Now what will the people on India fap to? Keep reading to find out what happened and what this could mean for the future of porn.

Banning porn

Okay, so in a way the government haven’t really banned porn. They are just making it very difficult for you to get hold of, which some are arguing is better than banning it altogether. Of course, they are ignoring the fact that the government are working really hard to stop people from watching porn in the first place!

Basically the government wants to stop the amount of porn people are watching and to get rid of it completely. After all, we all know that porn corrupts. Watching consenting adults having sex in front of a camera is disgusting, right? Who would want to see that? Oh yeah, the millions of people are the world who watch porn… right.

Anyway, they decided that the best way to stop people from watching porn was to simply stop them from accessing it. That way they have plenty of time to figure out what kind of laws and rules they can put in place to make it a permanent thing. Lovely!

Well, the Department of Telecommunications of the Government of India sent out messages to a huge range of internet service providers (ISPs) with a list of over 800 pornographic sites they wanted blocking.

They government have apparently reviewed a number of the sites and they were “found to be spreading anti-social activities as hyperlinks from these websites, some of them were pornographic, so we have sent letters to internet service providers to block them. The action has been taken in reference to section 79 of IT Act.”

Didn’t go unnoticed

Of course, you can’t just block access to popular porn sites and expect no-one to notice. If you do, you clearly don’t know how the internet works. For many in India, they awoke on Sunday morning and found themselves unable to access their favourite porn sites. Oh the horror!

For a large amount of those trying to access the websites, they found that the sites would simply not load and have a blank white page to look at, although some were lucky enough to get a reason: “blocked as per the directions received from Department of Telecommunications, Government of India.”

Pornhub is one of the world’s largest porn sites, and they have some staggering figures about the amount of porn that the people of India watch. It seems that, of the 14.2 billion visits the site receives, 40% comes from India. That’s a lot of people to block, and they are definitely not going to be quiet about it!

In fact, shortly after the block was discovered, people took to social media. They hit Twitter with the hashtag #PornBan, sharing sarcastic comments about it. One user said that “as a woman, I now feel completely safe in this country with the ban on porn. Thank you, Govt” while one said that “banning porn is a kind of savage and barbaric act and it will not be tolrated (sic) at any cost”.

They even hit the Reddit India with a topic titled “are porn sites getting blocked?” where people said that they were “gonna change my subscription to the cheapest plan if this continues”, as they had no use for their unlimited data without porn. Another said “RSS takeover of India has begun. Your right to fap is forbidden”.

Are they really banning porn?

Of course, what we are reading in the media, on social media, and what has actually happened are often very different. Delving into this story further, it seems that they have put a ban on porn, but they belief it is for a good reason. An official stated that “there is no total ban. This was done in the backdrop of Supreme Court’s observation on children having free access to porn sites. The idea is also to protect India’s cultural fabric. This will not prevent adult from visiting porn sites. It is a temporary arrangement. The telecommunications depart will eventually come up with a long term policy [of controlling access] to these sites later.”

The problem is that they have blocked access to the 857 sites that they know of. There are probably still hundreds out there that they aren’t aware of, and if young people really want to find that porn, they will find it!

One Twitter user seems to believe that the ban was done for another reason, and his Tweet described it as the following: “Media News:- Govt bans all Porn Websites in India. Real News:- Govt bans 87- Websites which showed Revenge Porn”. Are all of the 857 sites, including the most popular ones, guilty of this?

However, for the most part people feel angry. They want the right to fap when they want and to whatever they want. They don’t want to have to spend hours searching the internet for that one shitty porn site that hasn’t been blocked! One user believes that “it is a violation of Article 21, the right to personal liberty”, but we don’t know if the government are going to pay attention to that.

What do you think? Is this a blatant ban on porn, or has the government simply made a mistake in the way they handle this situation? Do you think this kind of actions against adult content online will spread to Norway, or are we safe? Let us know what you think on the Escort Norway forum or by leaving a comment in the box below.

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Lara Mills is a writer who has four years of sex industry expertise behind her. Since she entered the adult industry, she has worked on the Escort Advertising forums, before moving into her current role three years ago.

Since then she has gained a fine reputation with her blogs on sex advice, sexual health and amusing news stories from around the globe. She is also a campaigner for the rights of sex workers from all over the world.

In her spare time, Lara keeps herself active by going running, and is something of a film buff. She also loves to go travelling.
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