827 porn websites banned by govt, the websites devise ways to defeat the porn ban

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Pornhub has created a mirror site Pornhub.net to get around the ban. Other websites like Behance.net are asking their subscribers to download their mobile app

The Hush Post | 16:15 | 4-minute read

Subscribers are up in arms as the Centre has banned as many as 827 porn websites. Those who have paid an annual subscription of these porn sites are feeling aggrieved.

A porn site Pornhub has created a mirror site Pornhub.net to get around the ban. This website has its third largest customer base from India after the US and UK at first two slots.

Other websites like Behance.net are asking their subscribers to download their mobile app. The people are making calls to the customer care divisions of Airtel, Reliance Jio and Vodafone, a report said.

Several tweets hit Twitter under the #pornban, with users saying this goes against net neutrality laws in India. Subscribers feel the action should be against child porn, rape porn and BDSM (bondage, discipline, sadism, and masochism sex). It should not be against the porn websites like Pornhub and Xvideos.com, who ensure their content, the report said.

Pornhub vice president Corey Price said: “This is apparent by the fact that they only banned large sites like Pornhub. They didn’t block thousands of risky porn sites that may contain illegal content. There are no laws against pornography in India and watching adult content privately. It’s evident that the Indian government does not have a solution to a very serious and systemic problem in the country, and is using adult sites like ours as a scapegoat.”

The Centre had banned 827 porn sites, and the subscribers were up in arms

The report said viewership of adult content in India soared 75% between March 2016 and March 2017. After that data rates crashing with the entry of Reliance Jio, said video viewership tracker Vidooly’s. Majority of the increase came from smaller towns, the report said.

Lawyer PK Rajagopal said in a mature democracy, the government should leave the decisions about what to watch to viewers. “Banning child porn or violent content is acceptable. But a ban on nudity or porn amounts to moral policing. Our freedom of expression and right to consumption of different content is protected by article (19) of the constitution,” the lawyer said.

Several people are supportive of the porn ban too. They point to studies showing clear links between porn and violence against women, the report said.

“There have been many studies showing that porn addiction can lead to sexual violence against women. In the largest interests of the public, the government might have undertaken this step. Net neutrality laws have been adopted. But there’s no such thing as absolute neutrality and absolute non-interference. Reasonable restrictions can be placed if the government has concerns,” said Supreme Court senior lawyer A Sirajudeen.

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