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Digital Minister defends decision to ban Pornhub

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.

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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  • Building a Great Wall of Thailand... slowly, stone by stone. Just like the Chinese did.

    Until all that's left to read for Thai people is government propaganda.

  • That is a great move building a great wall of Thailand to rid of this illegal virtual world. At the same time, rid someone's fantasy.

  • The land of the hypocrites... a confederacy of dunces...
    Anyone who has access to a VPN knows how to bypass this ban. It costs about 2000thb a year and not only you bypass the ban, but they lose total view on people's virtual activities. Another smart move from a government with the maturity of a 12 yo kid.

  • Right..in the meantime..Thai soap operas continue to ridicule and abuse Thai women as do their boyfriends and husbands on a regular basis and school children continue to get physically assaulted by their teachers daily in the classrooms

  • Plenty of unemployed people at the moment,great idea.

    Could also build the great wall of Pattaya at the same time.
    Plenty of idle hands in fun town nowadays.

  • Once the walls were completed lots of Chinese tourists will come to be photographed next to it,this is a brilliant idea.

  • It's ok to watch films of people killing each other but it's not ok to watch films of people having sex. That doesn't make any sense.

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