Government blocks Pornhub

Government blocks Pornhub

Digital Economy and Society Minister Buddhipongse Punnakanta is under attack by government critics after blocking accesses to Pornhub. (Bangkok Post file photo)
Digital Economy and Society Minister Buddhipongse Punnakanta is under attack by government critics after blocking accesses to Pornhub. (Bangkok Post file photo)

The government has blocked access to Pornhub, a well-known adult website based outside the country.

The Digital Economy and Society ministry on Monday ordered all internet providers and mobile phone operators to ban all access to the website, because porn websites are illegal in Thailand.

Digital Economy and Society Minister Buddhipongse Punnakanta has become a target of criticism for violating the right of the people to free access to the media.

"The Anonymous Party insists on the right to hold gatherings and the right to have access to all types of media," the group posted on its Facebook account on Tuesday. That freedom included media containing sexual content, as long as viewers were not forced to watch it,  the group said.

It called for a rally at the Government Complex, at Chaeng Wattana, at 4pm in opposition to the ministry's action.

Mr Buddhipongse said on Tuesday he was doing his job and would not react to the critics.

Once Pornhub was blocked, tips on how to access it quickly began circulating on social media.

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Vocabulary

  • access (verb): to allow entry to a building or place; to be able to get to something - ทำให้เข้าสู่ได้
  • anonymous: not named - ไม่ระบุชื่อ
  • block: to stop something from being done or from succeeding - ปิด, กีดขวาง
  • circulate: to pass from one person to another - ยังคงมีการแพร่ระบาดอยู่
  • criticism: comments that show that you think something is wrong or bad - การวิจารณ์
  • porn: pornography; books, magazines, DVDs, etc. that describe or show naked people and sexual acts in order to make people feel sexually excited, especially in a way that many other people find offensive - หนังสือ ภาพ เรื่องเขียน หนังและศิลปะที่ลามก
  • rally: a large public gathering of people to support someone or to protest against something - การชุมนุม
  • react: to behave in a particular way because of something that is happening around you or something that someone is doing to you - ตอบสนอง, เกิดปฏิกิริยา
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