Oh! My Porn - Social Media and the Proliferation of Porn

The most startling fact emerged from a research conducted recently that says social media has taken over searching for pornography as the most popular activity on the internet. Teens see more porn on Tumblr and Snapchat than they consume from the net. With over 20 million porn sites on the network, there is a huge demand for porn which is being fulfilled by sites like youporn.com and grouporn.com that has reached 1 billion in sales faster than any other company on the net.

Social media with all its wondrous value add applications. Social media helps in the deception and sharing of pornography on the net amongst friend groups. People have also been known to share their personal nude pictures and videos on the net. It’s a fact that more than 1 in 5 cupolas first meet on Facebook and an equal number blame Facebook for their break up and separation. More than 50% of the population who are active on social media are under the age of thirty.

This is where parents need to get involved and keep a strict check on the online world of their children to understand what children are watching and sharing on these various social media platforms and applications. There has also been an upsurge of cyber bullying and young people have been affected by it.

As much as 24 million Americans are addicted to online pornography, this compulsive behaviour can cause deviant sexual behaviour, loss of job and unwanted social behaviour.

So yes, social media has brought pornography closer to netizens and has made it easier for them to share it amongst each other. An NSCPP poll conducted recently show that children are especially aware of this problem and 4 out of 5 children using Facebook or Twitter want protection against porn and cyber bullying.

Cyber pornography is a grey area in India but has been banned in many countries. In India, it comes under section 67 of the Information Technology act 2000.

The downloading and storage of pornographic material is not a crime under the law if it is for the purpose of private viewing in your home. But however, if this material is used for the purpose of distribution, it is seen as a crime. So publishing pornography on your site or blog or sending it to others using social media is a crime and punishable by 3 years in prison. In a recent case, a 21-year-old engineering student was arrested for sending obscene messages to a lady through his social media application. If the content being stored or viewed carries pictures of kids or underage girls, then it is an offence and punishable to up to 5 years in prison.

So cyber pornography and publishing of pornography are a crime in India. But the downloading, storage and private viewing of this material are legal in India except in the case of child pornography. Here, it is a crime and punishable by 5 years in jail.

Internet pornography has been banned before on 31st June 2015 and the order was passed by the additional solicitor who wrote to the DoT to ban more than 857 pornographic sites popularly being used to download absence material.

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