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Poll | How do you rate the govt's handling of the porn ban?

ISPs refuse to block porn sites: How will you rate the government's handling of the issue?

india Updated: Aug 05, 2015 12:21 IST
Hindustan Times
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To ban or not to ban.

The government’s efforts to block more than 850 pornographic websites has been tangled up in knots. Internet service providers (ISPs) refusing to “disable” any of the portals because they are confused by the order issued by authorities.

The department of telecommunications informed the ISPs that they were “free not to disable any of the 857 URLs which do not have child pornography”.

The Internet Service Providers Association of India (ISPAI) has now decided to approach the communications ministry to seek clarification on the definition of pornography and child pornography and the parameters that violate it.

Internet services providers have been instructed to restore access to those among 857 banned porn and humour websites that does not feature child pornographic content.

Some of the questions that ISPAI plans to raise: How do service providers identify a site that has content which is child porn? Can ISPs block a site based on the porn artists’ age? How do they get birth certificates to prove a porn artist is more than 18 years of age?

Many are unsure of what the government's order means and are waiting for its response to the situation.

Read:Child pornography stays banned but govt unblocks other sites

To ban or not to ban: Confused ISPs refuse to disable any of 857 porn website

First Published: Aug 05, 2015 12:06 IST