VPN downloads saw a 405% rise in 12 months since the adult website ban by the Indian government

By Digit NewsDesk | Published on Dec 02 2019
VPN downloads saw a 405% rise in 12 months since the adult website ban by the Indian government

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VPN downloads have risen 405% since the adult website ban

Google searches for the term VPN also spiked immediately after the ban was announced

Not all users have started using VPNs though

Clearly, the adult website ban has not worked at all in India. How do we know this? Well, according to Top10VPN, the number of VPN (Virtual Private Network) downloads grew a staggering 405% in the 12 months since the adult website ban was enforced. The data was analysed from Apple’s App Store as well as the Google Play Store. 

As reported by Quartz, the Indian government had banned 827 adult websites. At first, there was some outcry, mostly from adult websites who went on to circumvent the ban by changing their URLs. Certain sites changed the name from .com to .org or .net, and so on and so forth. But the Indian government got wise to this and banned these alternate URLS as well. 

But, you can’t stop people from watching adult content now can you? Many other countries and organisations have tried banning adult content and it honestly, hasn’t worked out too well for them. And, Indians are no different. According to Top10VPN, it was seen that VPN downloads was moving at a steady increase of 66% on average. Apparently, Google searches for the term VPN also spiked immediately after the ban was announced. 

Not all Indians have jumped onto the VPN bandwagon and have just started using adult websites that aren’t affected by the ban.  

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