PornHub Blocked In Russia, Here’s How To Watch It

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In the latest tragedy befalling the news cycle, we found out that Russian watchdog Roskomnadzor cut off access to porn websites like Porn Hub. Here’s how you can regain your access.

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PornHub Ban

Roskomnadzor, also known as Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Telecom, Information Technologies, and Mass Communications, has recently placed over ten porn websites, including PornHub, on its blacklist. A Russian court will later rule whether the ban will remain or not.

Roskomnadzor first blocked PornHub in 2015, when a court in Krasnodar ruled that the website violates child protection laws. The court also ruled that PornHub has illegally distributed its pornography. In Russia, this is a crime punishable by 2-6 years in prison. The agency stood by its ban while backlashing on social media.

The Moscow Times reports that when a woman used Twitter to ask Roskomnadzor, “If you block PornHub, could you offer an alternative?”, the agency’s official Twitter account replied, “as an alternative, you could meet someone in real life.” Aside from PornHub, Russia also blocked YouPorn and xHamster.

Eva Galperin, a global policy analyst for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said,

“Blocking porn is the fastest way to ensure widespread adoption of censorship circumvention in your country.”

Censorship Circumvention

PornHub quickly set up a mirror site that Russian users could access, despite the ban. PornHub did not stop there. Next, community coordinator PornHub Katie spread the word on Reddit and alerted international users about the ban. PornHub then reactivated its page on Vkontakte, which is the Russian version of Facebook.

Image credit: The Next Web

Image credit: The Next Web

Not only did PornHub make fun of Roskomnadzor as well as President Putin, but it also set up a poll asking Vkontakte users whether the agency should unblock the site. Then, in an escalation of the battle, Roskomnadzor blocked the new mirror. By this time Roskomnadzor had already lost.

Russia’s porn-starved citizens grew more sympathetic to PornHub’s plight. They offered plenty of support on Twitter, as well as sharing their favorite porn memories with the website. Russians began recording themselves watching porn on camera. They shared the video on social media with the hashtag #rospornobzor (porn recap). PornHub plans to appeal Roskomnadzor’s decision in court.

The porn site then tweeted to Roskomnadzor, saying “If we give you guys a Pornhub Premium account, will you unban Pornhub in Russia?” To which the agency replied, “Sorry, we are not in the market, and the demography is not a commodity.”

Image credit: @KL_NiKe10

Image credit: @KL_NiKe10

Bypass Censorship in Russia with a VPN

By using a VPN, you should be able to resume your recreational activity. Among other things, VPNs can “change” your location and make it seem as if you are in another country. In a different blog post we talked about other benefits that a VPN can bring you:

  • Staying safe on public Wi-Fi
  • Preventing third parties from tracking your data
  • Stopping corporate and government surveillance
  • Bypassing censorship
  • Bypassing local network controls
  • Privately downloading/sharing files
  • Communicating privately
  • Saving money
  • Watching media (yes, even porn)
  • Stopping ISP throttling

Whether you want to visit PornHub or torrent porn via The Pirate Bay, using a VPN is a good idea. Not only can it block your country’s censorship, but it also protects you from other threats found on many of these websites.