Only child pornography to be banned, not all porn

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Government reviewed its order and decided to lift ban on those sites which does not contain pornographic material.
Government reviewed its order and decided to lift ban on those sites which does not contain pornographic material.

After facing public outrage and being ridiculed on social media over the move to ban porn on the internet, the government may after all partially lift the ban. According to recent reports, the government has decided not to ban pornography entirely; only child pornography will remain banned. 857 websites were earlier blocked for hosting pornographic content even after the Supreme Court refused to ban online porn.

Chief Justice of India HL Dattu had stated that banning porn would amount to a violation of the right to personal liberty.

Another report has cited that the government may consider the ban to remain on websites that depict extreme porn. This reportedly is being done to decrease violent crimes against women. There have been reports that the government has plans to have an ombudsman to look into cyber content-related issues.

The ministry of communications and information and technology, in its order of July 31 under section 79(3)(b) of the IT Act 2000, banned the 857 websites terming their content “immoral and indecent”.

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