The central government on Thursday ordered a ban on 67 porn websites. The central government has given this order to internet companies for violating the new Information Technology (IT) rules issued in 2021. In an email sent to internet companies, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) asked companies to block 63 websites based on a Pune court order, Uttarakhand High Court orders and directions issued by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
“Kindly ﬁnd the attached Judicial Magistrate First Class, Court No.6, Pune, Maharashtra order dated 23-09-2022, in the case OW No. 303 of 2022 forwarded by MeitY vide email dated 24.09.2022 for necessary action with respect following sixty-three (63) websites/URLs mentioned in the court order,” added the order.
In the order issued by DoT on September 24, read with Rule-3(2)(b) of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Code of Conduct) Rules-2021 (of the Uttarakhand High Court) read with the said order. In compliance and in view of certain obscene material available on the website mentioned below, which outraged the character of women.
This is the second round of bans on pornographic websites since 2018. Back then, authorities had blocked access to 827 porn websites on the orders of Uttarakhand HC. It is pertinent to note that while the HC had sought a ban on 857 such websites, the government had spared 30 websites as no pornographic content was found hosted on these websites.
List of porn websites banned 2022 :