In Summary
  • The banned websites have been providing pornographic material for free.

  • However, users of Virtual Private Network (VPN) can access the banned sites.

Uganda internet service providers finally blocked pornography websites in fulfilment of a directive issued by the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC).

Pornhub, Xvideos and Youporn are among 25 of the 27 banned websites that cannot be accessed on mobile phones in the East African Community (EAC) member state.

VPN ACCESS

The Daily Monitor reports that the three blue-video sites were among the top 100 most visited websites in Uganda before the ban took effect.

Some of the sites were carrying leaked nude videos of Ugandan celebrities and others have been dealing in escort services (those that advertise sex workers).

The banned websites have been providing pornographic material for free.

However, users of Virtual Private Network (VPN) can access the banned sites.

There are also other websites that are acting as proxies for the banned pornography sites. 

The chairperson of the Pornography Control Committee, Dr Annette Kezaabu, said there is a drop in the number of people accessing pornography after they blocked the prominent porn sites.

“As I speak, we have a team that is compiling a list of other porn sites that will be blocked,” Dr Kezaabu told the Monitor.

THE LAW

“We anticipate that some people will open up new sites but this is a continuous process.”

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