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6 August, 2015 00:00 00 AM
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India drops ban on online porn after backlash

AFP

AFP, NEW DELHI: India has reversed a controversial order banning hundreds of porn websites, a government official said yesterday, after accusations of heavy-handed censorship in the world’s largest democracy. On Saturday, telecommunication authorities had directed Internet service providers (ISPs) to block 857 websites on “morality and decency” grounds and to curb child pornography, the first major crackdown on online pornography in the country. But the ban drew criticism and public ridicule, forcing the government to cancel the order late Tuesday and direct the ISPs to allow access to the banned websites, except those containing child porn. “ISPs are free to allow access to the previously banned websites, which do not have child pornographic content,” N. N. Kaul, spokesman for the government’s telecoms department, told AFP. Although the government has cancelled the order, some service providers said they would not lift the block until they have more clarity as the new order puts the onus on them to prevent access to child pornography.

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