India backtracks on sweeping online porn ban
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India backtracks on sweeping online porn ban

India’s order to telecoms to block more than 800 pornography websites will be “partially withdrawn” following sharp criticism that this week’s ban amounted to censorship and the curtailment of personal liberty.

“A new notification will be issued shortly. The ban will be partially withdrawn. Sites that do not promote child porn will be unbanned,” Information and Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters Wednesday.

The Hindustan Times reported Wednesday that the government had already issued permission to telecoms to unblock any of the 857 websites that do not contain child pornography.

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“The intermediaries (ISPs) are hereby directed that they are free not to disable any of the 857 URLs… which do not have child pornographic content,” the department of telecom reportedly said in a statement.

The move to block pornographic websites earlier this week came despite a supreme court ruling last month which said it was not the job of the government to ban porn sites.

The order to block websites was met with a storm of criticism on social media this week:

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