Indian Government Orders ISPs To Unblock Non-Porn Sites

Posted: Aug 4 2015, 12:26pm CDT | by , in News | Technology News

 

Indian Government orders ISPs to Unblock Non-Porn Sites
 

Indian Government reviews decision on porn ban

Facing rage and criticism over blocking of 857 sites, the Government of India on Tuesday investigated its order.

It chose to lift restriction on those websites which did not contain obscene material but still confronted the ban.

Telecoms have been asked today to immediately unblock sites which do not have pornographic content.

Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, "I reject with contempt the charge that it is a Talibani government, as being said by some of the critics. Our government supports free media."

The administration's request was issued last week. It ordered network access suppliers or telecoms to cut off access to a significant list of sites.

Critics portrayed this step as a heinous instance of moral policing. The directive has sparked a raging debate on social media and other platforms with the government being accused of indulging into Internet censorship.

A month ago, the Supreme Court declined to boycott online porn. Chief Justice HL Dattu remarked that it would amount to a violation of the individual freedom.

The government guaranteed that its request was in view of recent Supreme Court fury about inadequate endeavors to ban child pornography.

The minister said that the government is committed for freedom of communication on the Internet.

He said, “The government compliments the dissemination of idea on the social media. We have launched the ‘mygov’ platform seeking views of people of India on developmental agenda and lakhs of people are participating on this platform.”

The government officials say that the ban is a temporary measure. It will continue till the announcement of Supreme Court.

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