Pornhub creates a new domain to bypass India’s porn ban



Pornhub launches mirror site after Indian government revives porn ban by blocking 827 adult sites

Last week, the Indian government issued a directive asking the internet service providers (ISPs) to block around 827 porn websites, including Pornhub, the largest adult entertainment site. However, Pornhub has now launched a mirror site to bypass this porn ban.

The popular adult site has created a new separate domain – ‘.net’ instead of ‘.com’ – specifically for the Indian internet users who want to access their site.

“In response to Pornhub getting censored and blocked in India, our fans there can now fully access the site at Pornhub.net,” the company said in Tweet. According to Pornhub’s yearly review of 2017, India is listed as the third largest consumer in terms of traffic.

For those unaware, back in August 2015, the Department of Telecom (DoT) in India had directed ISPs to block 857 adult websites on grounds of decency and morality. While the list of blocked websites included Pornhub, it surprisingly also included the likes of College Humor, a popular comedy website, and 9GAG, a social sharing website.

The government received a backlash from the public after the list of blocked websites was released. As a result, the Government lifted the ban after just a few days. However, last month, the Uttarakhand High Court reinstated the blockade, which directed all ISPs in India to abide by the Union government’s order to ban hundreds of pornographic sites.

While the Uttarakhand High Court has asked to block 857 websites, the Ministry of Electronics and IT (Meity) found 30 portals did not host any pornographic content. Hence, the list was cut down and Meity asked the DoT to call for a blockade of remaining 827 domains.



“… all the internet service licensees are instructed to take immediate necessary action for blocking of 827 websites as per the direction from Meity and for the compliance of the Hon’ble High Court order,” the Department of Telecom said in an order issued to telecom Porn Sitescompanies and ISPs.

Expressing discontent on the blockade, Corey Price, Pornhub’s Vice President said,

“There are no laws against pornography in India and watching adult content privately. It’s evident that the Indian government does not have a solution to a very serious and systemic problem in the country, and is using adult sites like ours as a scapegoat.

“While we are anti-government censorship here at Pornhub, and ultimately disappointed in the ruling, we are willing to work alongside the government to address any concerns they have and help rectify the situation.”

The company also criticized the government of blocking popular sites like Pornhub and not blocking other dangerous sites that host banned content.

“This is apparent by the fact that they only banned large sites like Pornhub’s, and didn’t block thousands of risky porn sites that may contain illegal content,” Price added. “For the government to ban sites like ours that have compliant parental controls, a non-consensual takedown page and a strict Terms of Service is a disservice to the people of India, who have become one of the largest connoisseurs of adult content.”

With the launching of the mirror site Pornhub.net, the company has provided an alternate method for their Indian consumers to get their content.

“In the meantime, to provide our Indian users with Pornhub content again as quickly as possible, we have set up a mirror site. We understand this has been a hard time for our fans and hope this will provide them with an outlet to help alleviate some of their stress,” Price said.

Besides a mirror site, there are also other methods such as using VPN (Virtual Private Network), Tor web browser, a different DNS server, or similar methods to bypass local ISP-level block.

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