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Porn ban lifted partially, govt to restrict only child porn

MUMBAI: Following a furore over department of telecom’s (DoT) order to block 857 porn websites, the government has partially rolled back the ban. It is now planning to ban only child porn websites.

IT and Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has reportedly said that the ban will be partially lifted and websites that do not feature child porn will be unblocked.

Prasad had held a high-level review meeting on Monday following the uproar over the ban.

“The instant action is basically in obedience to the observation of the Supreme Court where the court asked the department to take action on the list of alleged porn sites provided by the petitioner,” Prasad said in defence of the ban.

The government is also planning to set up an ombudsman to monitor pornography and other objectionable content on the internet.