India Does U-Turn on Porn Ban
Hundreds of websites unblocked
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 5, 2015 1:54 AM CDT
A stray dog sleeps outside as a man uses the internet at a cyber cafe in Allahabad, India.   (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
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(Newser) – The Indian Express describes banning online pornography in a country of 1.25 billion people as a "herculean task," and it is one the Indian government has decided to abandon. A pornography ban introduced this week caused outrage, with some likening the government to the Taliban, and access to 857 banned websites has now been restored, the BBC reports. A government minister says sites that "do not promote child porn will be unbanned," reports Voice of America, which notes that while Indian movies are heavily censored, porn sites abroad say they have plenty of visitors from the country. (In the only country with more Internet users, appearing in a sex video can get you arrested.)