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Why legit Adult Websites were blocked for child porn

Earlier today, we broke the news that local ISPs have started blocking popular porn sites like PornHub, XVideos, etc. Not all porn sites are blocked and not all ISPs have implemented the block as of this time but we reckon it will be a matter of time when all the ISPs will comply with this demand.

The actual target of these blocks are basically child porn as mandated by Republic Act 9775 or the Anti-Child Pornography Law which was passed in 2009 (yes, it took that long for the law to be implemented).

Back in 2014, we also reported that the NTC sent out a memorandum circular requiring ISPs and telcos to block sites with child porn (see story here). While everyone agreed that sites that contains child porn should be banned or blocked, many complained that the ones that were blocked just recently were all legit adult sites.

With the implementation of the rules and regulations, ISPs will have to install carrier-grade monitoring programs to identify and filter out porn content. This could include websites and blogs that publishes porn content, video streaming services that allows uploading and viewing of pornographic video, file sharing sites and webcam services that facilitates the same.

So we asked around and several inside sources explained the rationale behind the actions:

  • The website does not need to have ALL child porn. A single page, photo or video that features child porn already qualifies the entire site to be blocked.
  • Filtering is supposed to be the more logical approach but it is very hard or tedious to block specific content or pages than blocking the entire site or domain. And since these sites are not under the Philippine jurisdiction, there’s no other legal way but to just block them.
  • Around 7 to 8 out of 10 complaints sent to the NBI Cybercrime Division in the past years were about sex scandals and un-authorized publication of nude materials, many of them are prominent personalities or showbiz personalities. Thousands of complaints are still currently pending with the NBI.
  • Some of these sex scandals or nude materials involve high-school and college students, most of which are technically under-age or minors. These scandalous photos or videos are uploaded into popular sites like PornHub or XVideos.
  • Even if legit adult sites do not publish child porn, the users are the ones doing it which makes it hard for these porn sites to monitor and remove. Others may have an internal team to weed out these submissions but the sheer volume of them makes it much harder and costly.

There you go — user contributions of pinoy sex scandals involving minors are the main culprit why the legit adult sites were also included in the ban.


Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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24 Responses

  1. Ricardo Dee says:

    Ang pangit naman ng reasoning nila. Ang faulty.

    It’s like blocking the whole YouTube website kasi may isang copyright infringing na video or di kaya pagblock sa buong Twitter or Facebook kasi may isang libelous na post.

    I hope maglawsuit ang mga affected websites dito to question that argument.

  2. Wicked says:

    Are we a province of China now? What’s next? YouTube and Facebook will be blocked because they also contain “child porn”?

  3. Jackpot says:

    ‘May sound hypocritical but it is somehow a relief for a strong temptation to be eliminated.

  4. Deli says:

    pilipinas ang top 1 longgest visiting time sa pornhub. anlilibog kasi ng pinoy eh. buti nalang may backup ako hahahahaaa

  5. Blackmamna says:

    Nagmamalinis pa yang mga hayop na nasa gobyerno, kung di pa sila nanonood din ng porn

  6. Thereyougo says:

    *installs VPN.

    There you go. Problem solved.

  7. Poll says:

    Eh di mababan ang facebook? Hahhaa yun sabi e. Nako pag hindi naban ang fb pucha walang kwenta

  8. FFS says:

    They should have blocked Facebook first. I always see sex scandals videos involving minors on Facebook but I’ve never seen one from one of those adult site (not that im deliberately searching for it).

  9. pong says:

    Smart yan hinde gobyerno, suki pa yang mga buwaya sa gobyerno dyan sa mga website na yan. Isang paraan yan para mabawasan ang data traffic sa network nila at yan ang ginawa nila at tinuro ang gobyerno. Hinde na smart at no. 1 na cellular provider, globe na. mukang binabarat ng smartt ang internal operations nila kaya ayan

  10. spdr1700 says:

    I am using freevpn.pw chrome extension and all those sites work well :)

  11. jramagtago says:

    ang tamadddddddddddddddddddd ng gobyerno na kung bakit hindi nila ireklamo ito sa mga websites na nirereklamo nila using treaty.

  12. jramagtago says:

    can someone question this in supreme court?

  13. jramagtago says:

    can someone question this thru supreme court?

  14. Ronald says:

    watch mode

  15. Ronald says:

    watch mode again

  16. Just sayin' says:

    since these sites are not under the Philippine jurisdiction, there’s no other legal way but to just block them

    E di i block na lang ang buong Internet

  17. Angelo Caduto says:

    If it takes only one child porn material, then, you have to close the whole internet. Haha! This is just a premise of tyrants to close down sites they don’t like because there will be no site in the whole internet that can be considered purely child porn free and I’m sure Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube are guilty too.

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