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Trying to watch porn? You’ll get devotional songs instead in this App

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Are you worried that your growing kids are watching internet for things they should not be, or getting exposed to an insane amount of violence?

A neurologist has developed a Windows application that will help block “unwanted” websites.

Designed by Dr Vijay Nath Mishra, a professor at Institute of Medical Sciences of Banaras Hindu University (IMS-BHU), the app named ‘Har Har Mahadev’ will block unwanted websites containing pornography, violence or or other vulgar content.

The app will play Hindu devotional songs whenever a user tries to open an ‘inappropriate site’.

Speaking with newindianexpress.com, Dr Vijay Nath Mishra said that the website blocker app was developed keeping in mind the amount of ‘obscenity’ that’s readily available and accessible on the world wide web.

“Human minds are exposed to violence and vulgarity because of easy access on the internet. The aim of this app was to have a filtering system in place.” said Dr Mishra.

When asked why he chose the name ‘Har Har Mahadev’ for the app, Dr Mishra said that the app, which is in its initial stages now, has only Hindu devotional songs, and work is on to include devotional songs of other religions.

The beta version of the app which is for now meant for laptops and desktops was launched on Monday and has so far 238 downloads. (harharmahadev.co) The app will soon be available for android devices as well. Ankit Srivastava, a Bengaluru-based web developer who assisted Dr Mishra says the app is not just meant for children but also for those in office spaces.

“The app, which has identified over 3,000 ‘objectionable’ websites, can also enable blocking of social media sites such as Facebook and YouTube,” said Srivastava.

It may be recalled that the Centre had imposed a ban on nearly 850 pornography websites in August 2015. The ban that was ordered by the Department of telecommunication had to be later lifted on the basis that excessive blocking disrupts the regular use of internet services.

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