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NTC confirms ban on 21 porn sites

Web rights advocate objects ‘blanket takedown,’ hits at government ‘overreach’

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Adult websites that have reportedly violated the child pornography law have been ordered blocked by the National Telecommunications Commission.

In a report from Interaksyon, the telecommunications regulator confirmed it has ordered internet service providers (ISPs) to ban 21 websites that have reportedly violated Republic Act 9775 or the Anti-Child Pornography Law.

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NTC deputy commissioner Edgardo Cabarrios said the Philippine National Police has appealed to the NTC last December to bar the websites.

“Ang [PNP] mas nakakaalam because they are monitoring it. We of course rely on the expertise of our law enforcement agencies,” Interaksyon quoted Cabarrios as saying.

PLDT/Smart and Globe are reportedly complying with the NTC’s memorandum.

On Saturday, netizens began noticing that websites such as Pornhub and XVideos were blocked.

This comes after Filipinos topped the list of Pornhub’s longest viewers, with the average time 12 minutes and 45 seconds, greater than the global average of 9 minutes and 20 seconds.

Read more: Porn sites ‘blocked’ in PH?

But Democracy.net.ph, a digital rights advocacy, objected to the government’s “overreach” in its “blanket takedown” of the pornographic sites.

“Instead of selectively taking down child porn websites, which these sites are not, the government has decided to take everything down,” Democracy.net.ph co-founder Pierre Tito Galla told Interaksyon.

“This is potentially an issue of infringement of free expression and access to information. It’s not really about porn but about whether or not the government can block content that they find objectionable.”

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  • Zanard Bell

    Always but a testing ground for more government overreach. They’re testing the waters. From porn until they’ve convinced the populace to ban things they do not like.

  • abcdefg98988

    Only a VPN would be the ‘weapon of choice’ to bypass the nation’s Internet censorship.

    India tried to ban Internet porn few years ago but due to online protests, the government has unblocked it in only hours.

  • CyberPinoy

    From Mark Malcampo: “I was really concern pano na ang kaligayahan ko, di na ako makakapag tikol ng maayos nito”

    tangna ang laswa nyo! dapat lang i-banned and pornsites.

    • frankstupid

      at iban na rin ang fb at twitter dahil may porn din doon.

    • frankstupid

      pag wala nang fb at twitter ay siguradong goodbye ang propaganda ni duterte.