‘Save Pornhub’ campaign launched after Thailand’s government bans adult websites

A petition to save Pornhub has sparked protests in Thailand after the government banned the adult website, and 190 other porn sites.

Demonstrators holding ‘free Pornhub’ and ‘reclaim Pornhub’ banners gathered outside the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society in Bangkok.

The porn block was part of efforts to restrict access to sexual content and gambling websites, which are illegal under the country’s cybercrime law.

Users of the website in Thailand trended the #SavePornHub hashtag on Twitter and criticised the government for shutting off the site.



'Save Pornhub' campaign launched after Thailand's government bans adult websites
The porn block was part of efforts to restrict access to sexual content and gambling websites

One user said: “Sex is natural! #SavePornHub”

A second said: “A ban on porn will not stop porn, it will just stop regulated porn!”

“I remember this kind of shenanigans here in the Philippines. What’s the deal, if it’s their work/business and as long as they do it “correctly”. It’s an occupation, why demonise it,” a third added.”

“Protests after adult site is banned in Thailand. Some internet users asked whether the ban was about trying to protect Thai morals, or because the site featured some compromising royal images,” a third added.



'Save Pornhub' campaign launched after Thailand's government bans adult websites
Ant-government activist group Anonymous Party said it wanted to “reclaim Pornhub” as people are “entitled to choices”

Others questioned whether the ban was put in place to protect Thai morals, or because the site featured some compromising royal images.

A user said: “Protests after adult site is banned in Thailand. Some internet users asked whether the ban was about trying to protect Thai morals, or because the site featured some compromising royal images.”



'Save Pornhub' campaign launched after Thailand's government bans adult websites
It is unclear how many people in Thailand use Pornhub, but in 2019 the country was listed within the website’s Top-20 for traffic

Ant-government activist group Anonymous Party said it wanted to “reclaim Pornhub” as people are “entitled to choices.”

In a statement, the group said: “We want to reclaim Pornhub. People are entitled to choices.”

It is unclear how many people in Thailand use Pornhub, but in 2019 the country was listed within the website’s Top-20 for traffic.

The Thai government has faced months of unrest after student-led protests demanded the removal of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, a former junta leader, as well as reforms to reduce King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s powers.

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