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Russia blocks world’s biggest porn site for endangering children

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MOSCOW, September 15, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Russia blocked access to Pornhub – the world’s biggest porn site – as well as 10 other pornography sites this week after a court ruled the sites were breaking the law.

The Russian government’s communication watchdog Roskomnadzor announced Monday that a court in the city of Krasnodar ruled that the websites had violated federal laws protecting children from “harmful information.”

The court also ruled the adult sites illegally produced and distributed pornography, although it’s uncertain what precise content brought about the ban, according to The Verge.

Pornhub has acknowledged the ban. “We can confirm that Roskomnadzor has blacklisted Pornhub in Russia and we are currently investigating and considering available means to reinstate our website in Russia,” a spokesperson stated in an email.

Roskomnadzor’s statement warned that distributing illegal pornography online carries a prison sentence of two to six years on conviction.

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Monday’s statement follows Roskomnadzor’s announcement in April that the Russian government was blocking 136 adult websites.

The Moscow Times stated that Pornhub’s Russian site was not available by Tuesday, with the homepage stating the site had been blocked for hosting unlawful content.

The Russian government has previously temporarily banned Wikipedia and Reddit, and also has currently banned Internet memes that make fun of public figures.

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