Adult Porn Sites blocked in Philippines Act 9775

Has the government finally pushed through with its plans to block access to pornography websites in the Philippines? Or have a small handful of popular adult websites accidentally been flagged as containing child pornography?

 

“This website has been ordered blocked under authority of the Philippine Government pursuant to Republic Act 9775 or the Anti-Child Pornography Law”.

 

As of January 14, 2016, a small number of adult websites are now being blocked.

At the time of writing this post, having tested with a number of internet providers, the block only appears to be enforced by Smart mobile internet (3G/LTE).

Only a small number of websites have been blocked. E.g. xvideos is blocked but xhamster is accessible.

Considering the block only appears for a limited number of websites and only with one ISP, my guess would be that some sites have been accidentally flagged as containing child porn rather than a deliberate attempt to block access to adult websites in the Philippines.

Type of block

The “block” is pretty basic, done during the DNS lookup. When your device requests the IP address of the domain xvideos.com, instead of returning the real IP, it returns 121.54.24.218, which then shows the warning message. Those using custom DNS servers such as openDNS or Google DNS won’t see the block message. That explains why only some people are being blocked.

Smart LTE/3G Mobile Data Tests
Pornhub – Blocked
xvideos – Blocked
RedTube – Blocked
YouPorn – Accessible
xhamster – Accessible
YouJizz – Accessible
Xnxx – Accessible
Spankwire – Accessible

PLDT DSL Tests
YouPorn – Accessible
xhamster – Accessible
YouJizz – Accessible
Pornhub – Accessible
xvideos – Accessible
RedTube – Accessible
Xnxx – Accessible
Spankwire – Accessible

Globe 3G/LTE Mobile Data Tests
xvideos – Accessible

Globe DSL Tests
xvideos – Accessible

Sky Cable Tests
YouPorn – Accessible
xhamster – Accessible
YouJizz – Accessible
Pornhub – Accessible
xvideos – Accessible
RedTube – Accessible
Xnxx – Accessible
Spankwire – Accessible

Credit: I originally saw Yugatech tweet about this but they didn’t include much information, so I did my own testing.

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