PornHub and other popular adult sites blocked in the Philippines

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The popular adult site PornHub has been banned in Philippines just 10 days after a survey revealed that Filipinos are among the biggest users of the site.

Other adult sites including Xvideos and Redtube were also taken down and forbidden on PCs, laptops and mobile phones with users being redirected to a notice explaining the ban.

The notice said: “This website has been ordered blocked under authority of the Philippine government pursuant to Republic Act 9775 or the Anti-Child Pornography Law.”

There is no suggestion any of the websites in question had posted images of under-age children.

But the censorship of the adult websites is in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s determination to ‘clean up’ Filipino society.

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Pornhub’s Vice President, Corey Price, told Mail Online: “Non-consensual and child pornography is strictly prohibited on Pornhub. It’s disappointing that Pornhub was blocked as it will just drive people to use less vetted, riskier, smaller websites. We’re open to working with government officials to meet their standards in the Philippines.”

The irony of all this is that the age of consent in Philippines is just 12.

The Inquirer website said that under the country’s Anti-Child Pornography Law adult websites are required to “report the presence of child pornography, as well as the particulars the person maintaining, hosting, distributing or in any manner contributing to such Internet address, to the proper authorities” within seven days.

The Philippines follows the actions taken by many other countries to block online porn including – Saudi Arabia, China, Indonesia, Cuba, Iceland, Thailand, Egypt, Pakistan and most recently Russia.

Last month, Pornhub released visitor stats that revealed users in the Philippines spent the longest average time on its site.

The average viewing time in the Philippines was 12 minutes and 45 seconds, said Pornhub – about three minutes longer than the global average.

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