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Aghast! PornHub blocked in Thailand, again

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Thais will be out on the streets protesting again. This time over an apparent blocking by the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society of the porn portal ‘PornHub’. The site was started in 2007 and has developed into one of the world’s most popular adult porn platforms and is the ‘go to’ favourite of Thais, well until yesterday anyway.

Logging on (people told us) resulted in either a blank screen or various messages relating to the Computer Crimes Act of 2007.

It isn’t the first time the website has been blocked in Thailand over alleged violations of the countries draconian computer crimes and obscenity laws. The Pattaya News reports that the problems are usually “quickly restored” and report as a “technical glitch” by the government although several internet providers admitted to being told to block the website.

Back in May, at the peak of Thailand’s lockdown, the porn site was also ‘locked down” drawing outcry on social media and a quick reversal of the situation.

So, just for research, please log on and report if PornHub is working for you. Report in the comments below.

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    Jason V Goodwin

    November 3, 2020 at 9:24 am

    Water canons, tear gas and bullets won’t work, but blocking porn hub should bring everyone to their knees.

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      preesy chepuce

      November 3, 2020 at 8:35 pm

      Lol,

      No bad thing really… many of us would rather sponser a uni student or subsidise a local shop girl, than live out our lives on a screen.

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    Kjl

    November 3, 2020 at 9:33 am

    Working ok here in Khon Kaen through 3BB

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    Mr Farang

    November 3, 2020 at 9:34 am

    All the more reason to get a VPN. Remind your Thai friends.

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    sam thompson

    November 3, 2020 at 9:35 am

    Nope, not doing that “just for research” however there is an important point being made here, irrespective of whether or not you access ‘porn hub’ or similar sites. Of course, it is the idea of a ‘big brother’ Government watching and controlling your ability to access information via the internet and all of the implications that such a mindset and such actions, imply. These are the tactics of a dictatorial style system which can just as easily block your access to Facebook, news articles, information, facts and therfore begin to influence and try to control your views and thoughts so, not good.

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      Mike White

      November 3, 2020 at 9:46 am

      Aren’t they already blocking access to certain Facebook pages and anti govt websites

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      Jack

      November 3, 2020 at 7:07 pm

      Just use a VPN out of Sweden. You can move much more nimbly than any govt can. The internet is a free market, there is no reason to complain, just download an app and do whatever you want on the internet. Nordvpn is good enough. Can use crypto to pay. I usually buy the 2 year subscription.

      The govt can do stuff, and you can undo it with the click of a button… i don’t understand what the problem is… the govt can do whatever they want and if we all get smarter, it will have an impact on less and less people until they’re just limiting themselves and other tech illiterate folks.

      I would much rather be friends with a tech friendly Thai than one who is resistant to change.

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    Mister Stretch

    November 3, 2020 at 10:58 am

    Censorship…look at the governments that have depended on it; the USSR, China, Nazi Germany, South Africa during apartheid, Iran…what great company for the Prayut government to be in.

    It’s just another tool from a government that doesn’t want its citizenry to have freedom, freedom of thought nor freedom of expression.

    A controlled citizenry allows the incompetent to remain in power.

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    Gosport

    November 3, 2020 at 11:21 am

    Research and research only.

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    Iain

    November 3, 2020 at 11:33 am

    I have a feeling Change .Org was blocked as well I only got access back today.
    I did pick up on a comment by the Prime minister a week or so ago about petitions for change in Thailand on the web site.
    Then I could no longer get access.
    Maybe coincidence……

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    serffs serfewrf

    November 3, 2020 at 11:59 am

    Your connection is not private, that’s the current error from Thailand

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    preesy chepuce

    November 3, 2020 at 8:32 pm

    The pr0n industry has always had to deal with this issue, which has made it one of the leading drivers of internet content delivery innovation. If anything, the industry welcomes challenges like this, it keeps it innovating.

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    Daniel Johnston

    November 6, 2020 at 2:18 pm

    seems to work for me… perhaps get a better VPN

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More websites get the Pornhub treatment as Thailand blocks a further 209 “offensive” and “misleading” sites

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The Digital Economy and Society Ministry is on a roll, announcing plans to cut access to a further 209 websites following a block on adult website Pornhub. However, the names of the “misleading” or “offensive” websites which have incurred the ministry’s wrath have not been confirmed.

Earlier this week, a group gathered outside the DES ministry offices to protest against the decision to block access to Pornhub. The DES responded by insisting the ban was essential to protecting decency and the “good values” of Thailand.

(The same high standards don’t appear to be applicable to the country’s sex industry. According to the black market database Havascope, Thailand has an estimated 250,000 sex workers, generating revenue of US$6.4 billion a year…)

Minister Buddhipongse Punnakanta says the ban was put in place after many complaints from concerned citizens, including parents, monks, and victims of sexual exploitation. However, many of those protesting the ban say otherwise, claiming that a couple of potentially compromising videos, including one allegedly featuring an MP, another including a significant ‘someone’ were posted on Pornhub, leading to the swift clampdown.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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