India , others on list of most watchers of porn despite ban

Porn site, xHamster is offering up a warning on the issue of blocking unconventional porn, stating taht It won’t work.

The porn site has released new data on the more than 1 billion visits that it received in the past year from countries that have blocked its url.

“Despite the best attempts of censors, users are finding their way to [xHamster] using web-based proxies, VPNs, and networks like Tor,” said xHamster spokesperson Alex Hawkins. “Unlike political bans, porn bans may have the opposite of the intended effect by pushing otherwise apolitical citizens into networks that bypass government blockades.”

xHamster looked at nine countries that have reportedly blocked its site — China, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Russia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates — and the number of visitors from these countries accessing xHamster using proxies or VPNs. Among these porn-blocking places, it’s not too surprising that India, one of the most populated countries on the planet, had the most visits to xHamster in 2016: more than 655 million. In fact, it’s still one of xHamster’s largest sources of traffic.

Next up: Thailand, with over 125 million visits, Turkey, with upwards of 95 million, and the UAE with an excess of 83 million. Then there’s Russia, which sparked a social media backlash to its blocking of porn sites, with over 73 million visits, and notoriously censorship-happy China, with nearly 61 million. The bottom three, Malaysia, Kazakhstan, and Iran, brought in a combined total approaching 62 million.

xHamster doesn’t claim that porn blocks are entirely ineffective. In the three months after Russia blocked xHamster, the site saw traffic from the country drop by nearly 70 percent. When India blocked xHamster, traffic from the country dropped by almost 40 percent, the company says

Source: Daily Dot

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