The Government of India has ordered ISPs (Internet Service Providers) to block 857 pornographic websites in the name of “morality.” The country’s telecommunication department stated to CNN that the ban had been issued accordance with India’s information technology act.
India’s telecommunication department released a 17 page document listing the websites they believe to be in violation of “morality and decency,” ordering ISPs to block them immediately.
“Certain websites have been reviewed and found to be spreading anti-social activities as hyperlinks from these websites, some of them were pornographic, so we have sent letters to internet service providers to block them. The action has been taken in reference to section 79 of IT Act,” the sources said.
Information technology secretary RS Sharma told HT that the ministry “followed court directives,” a reference to an ongoing case in the Supreme Court against adult websites.
ISPs also confirmed receiving letters on Saturday from the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) directing them to block certain websites.
More such sites are being reviewed by the communications ministry upon the instructions of the court. However, senior officials acknowledged it is difficult to track sites on a regular basis.
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H/T – CNN