Anger Surges As Pornhub Is Now Banned In Thailand

‘We want it back’: Thailand sparks outrage after Pornhub ban.

Thailand’s government has decided to ban Pornhub among 190 other pornography and gambling websites. And the decision has sparked outrage on social media.

Thousands of activists also took to the streets to protest the ban, holding banners saying ‘free Pornhub.’

anger surges as pornhub is now banned in thailand

According to Thailand’s digital minister Puttipong Punnakanta, the ban is part of the country’s efforts to restrict access to pornography and gambling content.

The minister added that porn and gambling violate the country’s cybercrime law.

‘Reclaim Pornhub’

anger surges as pornhub is now banned in thailand

Thai users trended the hashtag #SavePornhub on Twitter and criticized the government for blocking the site in the country.

And the hashtag attracted thousands of comments from users.

One user wrote:

If someone doesn’t hate the current military government, now they probably do.

anger surges as pornhub is now banned in thailand

An activist group called Anonymous Party also shared a statement saying:

We want to reclaim Pornhub. People are entitled to choices.

anger surges as pornhub is now banned in thailand

Other groups even persuaded Thai people to take to the streets and protest the ban. While some questioned whether the ban was about protecting Thai morals or just because the site featured controversial images related to the royal family.

Meanwhile, Emilie Palamy Pradichit, a human rights activists, said:

Thai Gov violates [online freedom] by blocking access to Pornhub, only to hide video of King’s ex-wife naked during their dog’s birthday!

[They] must stop weaponizing Computer Crime Act [to] control the internet!

She added:

[This country] is a land of digital dictatorship, with conservatives in power trying to control what young people can watch, say and do online.

anger surges as pornhub is now banned in thailand

According to 2019 statistics, Thailand is among the top 20 countries with the highest traffic for the porn site.

Its capital Bangkok is also the 10th biggest market for porn. It follows New York, London, and Paris, which are the top three markets worldwide to consume the site’s content.

Thailand are Already Looking for Ways to Circumvent the New Law

Following the ban, many Thai people are now turning to VPNs to browse the site. These programs enable users to access prohibited websites.

anger surges as pornhub is now banned in thailand

The ban on porn comes soon after a journalist caught a Thai Member of Parliament watching explicit images.

In September, lawmaker Ronnathep Anuwat watched porn on his mobile phone while in Parliament during a budget reading.

According to a Daily Mail, Anuwat was scrolling through explicit photos on his phone for over ten minutes.

One showed a young woman with her top off, while in another, the woman was lying naked on a bed.

A third pic showed a close up of a woman’s genitals.

However, the lawmaker gave a bizarre excuse. He claimed he had received the pics from a girl who was ‘asking for help.’