India backtracks on online porn ban



India backtracks on online porn ban

India has reversed a controversial order banning hundreds of porn websites, a government official said, after accusations of heavy-handed censorship in the world's largest democracy.
On Saturday, telecommunication authorities had directed internet service providers (ISPs) to block 857 websites on “morality and decency'' grounds and to contain child pornography. 

But the ban drew criticism and public ridicule, forcing the government to cancel the order late yesterday and direct the ISPs to allow access to the banned websites, except those containing child porn.

“ISPs are free to allow access to the previously banned websites, which do not have child pornographic content,'' N. N. Kaul, spokesman for the government's telecoms department, told AFP.

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