India cracks down on Internet porn

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Believing its citizens are watching far too much porn online, the government of India has ordered Internet companies to block more than 850 sites.

From RT.com

Puzzled customers of India’s leading internet providers have been left with no access to porn sites after a government agency reportedly ordered the ban of 857 pages containing explicit material. Social media is abuzz with dismay and speculation.

In officially announcing the move, soon-to-be wildly unpopular Information Technology Secretary Ram Sewak Sharma said, "Under the Indian law, we are duty-bound to examine and block Web sites that transmit content that violate morality and decency.”

While India has about 350 million Internet users, according to the Washington Post, the crackdown is expected to impact only 348 million of those users.

But the government's edict is expected to have ramifications beyond India's borders, observes Indian filmmaker and Twitter wag Hasan Zaidi:

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The stakes are even higher than that. In this year's World Happiness Report from the Earth Institute at Columbia University, India ranked No. 117 out of 158 countries, trailing Iraq (112), Palestine (108) and Pakistan (81), among other benighted nations. If this ban continues, India might be looking up at Afghanistan (153) next time around.

This story, "India cracks down on Internet porn " was originally published by Fritterati.

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