Govt lifts ban on porn websites




The government directed internet services providers on Tuesday to restore access to those among 857 banned porn and humour websites that did not feature child pornographic content, without clarifying the basis for selection in the first place.

Days after its blanket ban order drew severe criticism on social media and other forums, the department of telecom said in an order: “The intermediaries (ISPs) are hereby directed that they are free not to disable any of the 857 URLs… which do not have child pornographic content.”




Although millions of pornographic websites can be accessed from the worldwide web, top officials said two criteria were examined to impose the selective ban: sites that were tracked by Cert-in, the government’s nodal agency on cyber security, and those that showed child pornography.

A top official said: “The government is directing internet service providers (ISPs) as an interim measure to disable porn sites featuring child pornography. Other considerations will be looked into after court hearing.”

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