Has DOT issued orders to ISP’s to block Porn sites in India?

Several pornography web sites are currently inaccessible in India on several internet service providers (ISPs). According to a thread on discussion site and social network ‘Reddit’, several of the most popular porn sites are not accessible in India on internet connections provided by MTNL Mumbai, BSNL, Vodafone, ACT and Hathway are either showing blank pages when connecting to pornography sites, or “Directory doesn’t exist”.

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One user reported that “It says the site has been blocked by the ‘Competent Authority’”. However, users on Airtel and Tikona, and one BSNL user reported that all sites could be accessed normally. ‘Legally India‘ has confirmed that on one Delhi broadband connection provided by Spectranet, 11 out of the world’s 13 most popular porn sites were not accessible. Two websites were functioning normally.

Non-pornographic video sites such as youtube.com, vimeo.com or dailymotion.com were accessible normally. However, on an Airtel and Reliance mobile phone internet connection, all sites were working normally.

The block does not appear to be at a domain-name server (DNS) level or IP address level, as three of the top five sites still responded to so-called ping requests by Legally India, though two timed out. TelecomTalk personally tested this on Hathway broadband in Mumbai and the sites were blocked but when tested with a VPN connection the sites loaded up flawlessly on the same ISP.

That said, it is a possibility that technical issues are behind the partial block. More clarity on the matter will be available only once DOT responds to the query. What is your take on the matter? are you pro or anti porn ban by the government? Let us know your views and opinions through your comments below.

For more details and update on this issue visit  legallyindia.com

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75 Comments on "Has DOT issued orders to ISP’s to block Porn sites in India?"

 

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sg
August 7, 2015 2:41 pm 2:41 PM

no access to the websites on reliance broadband yet.. customer care not ready to take down complain stating that other websites are working efficiently so complain cannot be taken down.. bull shit

vin
August 7, 2015 1:16 am 1:16 AM

block not solution very bad de cession

kishan
August 5, 2015 5:29 pm 5:29 PM
Though government is doing the right thing by banning those websites . But main problem is isp’s like bsnl ,airlink and other local internet companies after blocking the websites do not remove blocking even after governments tells to remove them like the websites that were blocked in December or January like dailymotion , vimeo , justpaste.it , github etc are not even till unblocked by these isp’s even after governments orders to do so . That is the main problem why each and every body hates blocking of websites and even if you complain them they try to solve the… Read more »
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