Jio bans popular porn websites like Pornhub in India likely after DoT order, users cry foul on Social Media

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It seems that hundreds of popular porn websites in India, including sites like Xvideos and Pornhub have been banned in India. And the telecom service that has probably enforced the ban in totality and thoroughly seems to Jio. It is not clear exactly what has happened but Jio users on Reddit are reporting that most of the porn websites that they access are no longer available on Jio network.

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“I’ve been trying to load a few of the porn sites but none of them seem to load on the Jio network. Is it just me or are you people facing the same issues,” one Reddit user wrote. Hundreds of people replied saying that they too were facing problems, and many commented to access the porn websites on Jio people should use a VPN, hinting that the ban is at the local and ISP level.

It is possible that popular porn sites in India have been banned by Jio — and probably other service providers too although given that Jio is more popular its users are making more noise — in response to a directive from Department of Telecom (DoT). News agency PTI reports that the government has directed Internet service providers to block 827 websites that host pornographic content following an order by the Uttarakhand High Court.

However, as it happens every time India decides to ban a few websites, the whole process again seems to be secretive and there is no clarity on what is happening where. In India, thousands of websites — porn sites, sites with political content, sites with extreme content, file hosts etc — are banned but there is clarity on how many such sites are there in the block list and why. Mostly sites in India are banned after court orders, most of the time issued in response to anti-piracy petitions filed by Bollywood movie producers.

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