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Lockdown: Pornhub reports 95% spike in India

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Wahid Bhat, Ground Report:
Amid 21 days nation-wide COVID-19 lockdown, people across the country are engaged in various recreations. One such medium is definitely the porn sites, Telecom Department of India has ordered all service providers providing internet services in the country to block 827 porn websites.

According to the data shared by Pornhub, traffic from India has been rising ever since the lockdown was announced. The website witnessed an increase of 23 per cent in traffic from India on March 24. The maximum increase was recorded on March 27 with 95.3 per cent rise in users from India. For Pornhub, India has remained one of the key markets. However, a 2018 government clampdown on porn sites also restricted the access of Pornhub on many telecom and internet circles.

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According to Pornhub, one of the biggest adult entertainment websites in the world, Indians have been increasingly accessing the website since the lockdown. The latest data released by Pornhub reveals that India is its fastest-growing market during the coronavirus pandemic. Latest Pornhub data also shows that there have been more than 15 million searches for ‘Corona’ or ‘COVID’ in recent times on the website.

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Currently, around 827 websites have been banned by the government. However, the restriction is limited to certain circles of telecom operators Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio. Previously, Pornhub said that 91% of Indians still visit the porn site from their mobile phones.

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What is porn?

When most people think of porn, their first image is of airbrushed models grinding under professional lighting. Perhaps someone just delivered a pizza, dropped by to fix a broken sink, or is mysteriously. Pornographic films (porn), erotic films, or sex films, are films that present sexually explicit subject matter in order to arouse and satisfy the viewer.

A distinction is sometimes made between “erotic” and “pornographic” films on the basis that the latter category contains more explicit sexuality, and focuses more on arousal than storytelling, but the distinction is highly subjective. Pornographic films are produced and distributed on a variety of media, depending on the demand and technology available.

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Today, pornographic films are sold or rented on DVD; shown through Internet streaming, special channels and pay-per-view on cable and satellite; and viewed in rapidly disappearing adult theaters. By law, they are generally not permitted to be shown in mainstream cinemas, or on free-to-air television.