List of websites blocked in Singapore

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This is a list of websites that are blocked in Singapore. Under the responsibility of the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), these websites are mainly unlicensed gambling, pimping (known as vice related activities), copyright infringement/piracy, and for spreading falsehoods.

As of 2019, there were 202 vice related websites blocked by Singaporean authorities.[1]

Table of blocked websites[edit]

Site name Domain or URL Type of site Reason Applicable law Implementation date Ref
Ashley Madison ashleymadison.com online dating service "promotes and facilitates extramarital affairs" November 2013 [2]
Lawyers for Liberty lawyersforliberty.org human rights NGO "non-compliance" with a correction direction issued against a statement on its website POFMA January 2020 [3]
The Pirate Bay thepiratebay.org BitTorrent index of digital content copyright infringing/piracy Copyright Act May 2018 [4]
Playboy playboy.com American men's lifestyle and entertainment magazine nudity 1996 [5]
Pornhub pornhub.com pornography video sharing site Unknown [6]
Redtube redtube.com pornography video sharing site "symbolic statement" of the country’s societal values May 2018 [7]
Solarmovie Solarmovie.ph BitTorrent index of digital content copyright infringing/piracy Copyright Act February 2016 [4][8]
States Times Review Socio-political website defamation of Singapore government POFMA November 2018 [9][10]
YouPorn youporn.com pornography video sharing site "symbolic statement" of the country’s societal values May 2018 [7]
KickassTorrents BitTorrent index of digital content copyright infringing/piracy Copyright Act May 2018 [4]

Websites that are blocked in Singapore are easily circumvented by a DNS change without the need to use a VPN.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "202 vice websites blocked by police and IMDA so far: Shanmugam". sg.news.yahoo.com. Retrieved 27 May 2021.
  2. ^ "MDA blocks access to Ashley Madison website". TODAYonline. Retrieved 27 May 2021.
  3. ^ "Government orders that Lawyers for Liberty's website be blocked in Singapore". CNA. Retrieved 27 May 2021.
  4. ^ a b c hermes (21 May 2018). "53 piracy websites blocked in battle to curb copyright breach". The Straits Times. Retrieved 27 May 2021.
  5. ^ Loo, Gregory (14 October 2015). "Is Playboy set for Singapore after dropping nude pictures? MDA says..." The New Paper. Retrieved 28 May 2021.
  6. ^ "Singaporeans last almost 10 minutes watching porn: Study | Coconuts Singapore". Coconuts. 19 December 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2021.
  7. ^ a b "Singapore bans two porn websites in symbolic move". Reuters. 23 May 2008. Retrieved 27 May 2021.
  8. ^ hermesauto (16 February 2016). "Solarmovie.ph is first piracy website to be blocked under amended Copyright Act". The Straits Times. Retrieved 27 May 2021.
  9. ^ "States Times Review to close down after getting blocked in S'pore by authorities". mothership.sg. Retrieved 27 May 2021.
  10. ^ "States Times Review website live again after being blocked by Singapore government". 12 November 2018.
  11. ^ "53 piracy websites just got blocked in Singapore, but it won't faze the internet-savvy - Coconuts". coconuts.co. Retrieved 18 October 2021.

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