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Thai Citizens Protest the Ban on Pornography Websites

Thai citizens held protests after Thailand’s government announced it had banned Pornhub and 190 other websites showing pornography.

Thai citizens held protests after Thailand’s government announced it had banned Pornhub and 190 other websites showing pornography.

Numerous protesters held demonstrations in front of the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society in the capital and held signs reading “Free Pornhub”.

“We want to reclaim Pornhub. People are entitled to choices,” said activist group Anonymous Party on social media. 

Deputy Prime Minister, Prawit Wongsuwan, warned earlier last week that action would be taken against sites encouraging young people in Thailand towards ‘”improper’ behaviour.”

Digital Minister Puttipong Punnakanta explained that the block was part of their efforts to restrict access to porn and gambling websites and that such content is illegal under the country’s cybercrime law.

According to Thai internet users, closure orders have appeared on the site’s URL, pornhub.com, in Thailand signed by the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society citing the Computer Crime Act of 2007.

“This content has been suspended. Because it is guilty according to the Computer Crime Act 2007 by the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society,” said the notice.

Before the ban, Thailand was in the top 20 for daily traffic to Pornhub in 2019 and is known for its local sex industry.

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