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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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    Jack

    November 5, 2020 at 11:35 am

    Use a VPN and don’t let anything the govt does affect you. You can undo their attempts to control you. these articles are getting ridiculous since they make it sound like we have no options. Use a VPN and then this article isn’t news any more

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      Galaxy

      November 5, 2020 at 11:39 am

      Unfortunately, I am not so sure that the VPN is the ideal solution. I have tried and no success?

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        Issan John

        November 5, 2020 at 3:57 pm

        AFAIK a VPN will help to conceal your IP address, but it won’t help you access banned sites anywhere as you’re still relaint on your ISP.

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          Erik

          November 5, 2020 at 4:43 pm

          Obviously you would need to connect to a vpn *outside* Thailand, as any vpn server located inside Thailand would be affected by the same censorship you are trying to evade.

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    Toby Andrews

    November 5, 2020 at 2:58 pm

    Ah another excuse for the government to oppress, disrupt, and corrupt to benefit their regime.
    They state Virus Virus Virus, to violate human rights and free speech.
    Now they head a list of misleading and offensive websites with porn websites, and claim they have a right to ban them.
    Have any of these misleading and offensive websites criticised the government by any chance?
    Publish a list government if you dare, and promote good values.

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    john brig

    November 5, 2020 at 3:11 pm

    It depends on how the search is phraysed. I just saw Bonnie Rotten being naughty. OMG,I’ll never do that again.

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    Gosport

    November 5, 2020 at 3:34 pm

    Seems everybody needs pornhub.

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    MikeD

    November 5, 2020 at 4:06 pm

    I think this is a good idea. In my 6 years teaching here, Ive seen the kids watching this site and sharing videos. Very bad for children. Worse is that these sites get your friends list and “advertise” videos on your friends fb. Worse of all is when “advertise” share their videos it makes it look like YOU sent the video to them. Can be damaging to a persons reputation.

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    Al

    November 5, 2020 at 5:06 pm

    Let’s see what’s next to be banned.

    And no, I am not an advocate of PH and those type of sites and have never even been in and around such sites, but if it can be banned from children accessing it, it should be removed. How they would do that, is anyone’s guess.
    Malaysia did try 20 odd years ago and did the same with violence, music such as rap which advocated violence and decadence, but not sure lately.
    Just follow what is next and lay out what and why they are banned.
    In a perfect world, there wouldn’t be any bans, because people would intuitively know what is positive/negative for their inner growth, and society, and not even bother looking it and would soon disappear due to lack of interest.

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    Ynwaps

    November 5, 2020 at 5:26 pm

    I don’t understand this. If you open the site without https, it has always been blocked.
    If you put https:// in front it still works. What’s all this bullshit?

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    Wayno

    November 5, 2020 at 6:18 pm

    As instructed by CHINA.

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    Leo Z

    November 6, 2020 at 12:34 am

    Taking a page straight out of their idol, the CCP’s playbook.

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    Social Observer

    November 6, 2020 at 3:26 am

    It’s ok to watch video where people shoot each other to death but it’s “immoral” to watch video of people having sex. That’s dumb.

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    Al

    November 6, 2020 at 4:38 pm

    S.O. above, that’s precisely true. The level of violence on screens is unbelievable. Also the decadence.
    And many people everywhere unfortunately will just do the “monkey see, monkey do”.
    Just turn away from anything which pushes and promotes sex, violence and anything decadence, and you will be on the way to teaching people much higher (and naturally healthier) principals and towards a much better world.

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    Jenny

    November 6, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    Just use any of the free vpn apps if you want to hide what you are doing from your Thai internet provider, but the VPN provider still know your real IP address and the sites you are visiting. If you just want to access blocked porn sites and don’t care if your Thai internet provider can see that, and only if they really really wanted to, then just change your DNS to Google 8.8.8.8 or any otherfree DNS server like Cloudflare 1.1.1.1. This filter only stops people that don’t understand how internet work. Google “how to change dns”.

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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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