Digital Minister defends decision to ban Pornhub

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Following backlash on the move to block PornHub and other websites considered “offensive,” the Minister of Digital Economy and Society Buddhipongse Punnakanta says he is standing by his decision, adding that the pornography violates children’s and women’s rights.

Pornography is illegal in Thailand. Buddhipongse says the explicit videos gave access to users of any age. He says Pornhub not only breaks the law, but violates women’s and children’s rights.

“I believe that people who have children will understand the ministry’s move because the site contains lots of inappropriate video clips.”

The minister did not give any more details about how it violates human rights, but back in March, activists started a petition to shutdown Pornhub, saying the website facilitates human trafficking. An anti-trafficking activist says the website makes it easy for sex traffickers to upload videos on the site.

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Pornhub shot back, saying the claims are false and the company has a “steadfast commitment to eradicating and fighting any and all illegal content on the internet, including non-consensual content and child sexual abuse material.”

Although pornography is illegal in Thailand, Pornhub was online for a decade, according to Nation Thailand. Some say the recent ban has to do with a video of a certain “someone” shared on Pornhub.

Thai activists protested the ban on pornography. Some say the sex is natural and should not be censored. Some say online gambling is also illegal, but many websites have not been blocked. The minister says officials are looking into it.

“Currently, ministry officials are dealing with hundreds of websites. If any violate the law, we will submit the evidence to court.”

SOURCES Nation Thailand| Fox News

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Caitlin Ashworth

Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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