No. 1 Nation in Sexy Web Searches?

We have been earning all sorts of labels: the second most corrupt nation in the world, the 10th most failed state, terrorism exporter and now this… As a very senior policy expert remarked “Why don’t the organs of state and people instead  focus on ending corruption, “honour” killing, poverty, sectarianism, suicide bombing, and unemployment?” A most pertinent question indeed.

Perhaps there is too much spotlight on Pakistan – but this light is jaundiced in so many ways. Anything with a ‘Fox’ brand has to be taken with a sack of salt.  Raza Rumi

No. 1 Nation in Sexy Web Searches? Call it Pornistan
By Kelli Morgan
Published July 13, 2010  |

They may call it the “Land of the Pure,” but Pakistan turns out to be anything but.

The Muslim country, which has banned content on at least 17 websites to block offensive and blasphemous material, is the world’s leader in online searches for pornographic material, has learned.

“You won’t find strip clubs in Islamic countries. Most Islamic countries have certain dress codes,” said Gabriel Said Reynolds, professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Notre Dame. “It would be an irony if they haven’t shown the same vigilance to pornography.”

So here’s the irony: Google ranks Pakistan No. 1 in the world in searches for pornographic terms, outranking every other country in the world in searches per person for certain sex-related content.
Pakistan is top dog in searches per-person for “horse sex” since 2004, “donkey sex” since 2007, “rape pictures” between 2004 and 2009, “rape sex” since 2004, “child sex” between 2004 and 2007 and since 2009, “animal sex” since 2004 and “dog sex” since 2005, according to Google Trends and Google Insights, features of Google that generate data based on popular search terms.

The country also is tops — or has been No. 1 — in searches for “sex,” “camel sex,” “rape video,” “child sex video” and some other searches that can’t be printed here.

Google Trends generates data of popular search terms in geographic locations during specific time frames. Google Insights is a more advanced version that allows users to filter a search to geographic locations, time frames and the nature of a search, including web, images, products and news.

Pakistan ranked No. 1 in all the searches listed above on Google Trends, but on only some of them in Google Insights.

“We do our best to provide accurate data and to provide insights into broad search patterns, but the results for a given query may contain inaccuracies due to data sampling issues, approximations, or incomplete data for the terms entered,” Google said in a statement, when asked about the accuracy of its reports.

The Embassy of Islamic Republic of Pakistan did not reply to a request for an interview.

In addition to banning content on 17 websites, including, Pakistan is monitoring seven other sites — Google, Yahoo, Bing, YouTube, Amazon, MSN and Hotmail — for anti-Islamic content, the Associated Press reported in June.

But it’s not to censor the Pakistani people, Reynolds said. It’s to shut out the rest of the world.

“[It] could lead to conversion, which would undermine the very order of the state,” he said. “Part of protecting the society is making sure that there is no way it could be undermined in terms of foreign influences.”

Pakistan temporarily banned Facebook in May when Muslim groups protested the “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day” page, where users were encouraged to upload pictures of the Prophet Muhammad. The page remains on Facebook, but Pakistani users are unable to view it, said Andrew Noyes, manager of Facebook’s Public Policy Communication.

And while Pakistan is taking measures to prevent blasphemous material from being viewed by its citizens, pornographic material is “certainly” contradictory to Islam, too, Reynolds said.

The country’s punishment for those charged with blasphemy is execution, but the question remains what — if anything — can be done about people who search for porn on the Web.

“It’s a new phenomenon,” Reynolds said.



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13 responses to “No. 1 Nation in Sexy Web Searches?

  1. krash

    Google has denied the validity of this claim and ISPAK has refuted it.

  2. Talha

    Mubarak ho,

    Finally we are Numero Uno in yet another thing to be immensely proud of.

    P.S, this news is incorrect however our nation ranks No1 in many sexy terms on Google ranks.

    Search Karo aur aage bharo. We beat India too, great going my fellow countrymen.

  3. Hey cool post really on point with what we have seen google have done with china

  4. nasir jan

    ha ha what else could be expected from the mullahs

  5. harbir singh nain

    copy pasting my comments from elsewhere on the topic

    Firstly, I searched on google trends. for a variety of terms mentioned in the report . Invariably, the highest rated country is pakistan with India next, unless bangladesh shows up. Delhi and bombay are the leading cities for these searches.

    All the people getting defensive are acting out of the puritanical conservative culture of the subcontinent that does not want to acknowledge that its men are so sexually repressed that they go looking for sexual stimulation on the internet.

    The subcontinent needs a sexual revolution.

  6. harbir singh nain

    Secondly, Dawn story tries to make more of what of what google said. Google did not deny the accuracy of the information. The Google official only repeated the standard disclaimer for the Google Trend’s service: “may contain inaccuracies”. This is not a denial. Google did not say that the results in this case are inaccurate. It did not say that the sample size is too small for the results to be meaningful.

    Such disclaimers are standard business practice in the US and other places where the law is very specific and judicial systems are very effective because a company that has not guarded itself with disclaimers is putting it self at great risk. Sitting on my desk right now is a warranty pamphlet for an HP power adapter for my computer. It says “HP shall not be liable for technical or editorials errors or omissions contained herein”. However, this does not mean that HP has denied the accuracy of the contents, or that they contents are wrong just because HP has declined to be liable.

    And Google’s disclaimer in this case, “may contain inaccuracies”, has just proved the value of such disclaimers. Dawn and its readers have chosen to take that “may contain inaccuracies” means the same thing as “does contain inaccuracies”, and Google is off the hook. Nobody has actually stopped to ask Google to actually divulge the data and to assess its accuracy. And if they did, google would say “We told you it may contain inaccuracies. thats all we have to say”.

    Google would defend the integrity of Google Trends if its business model depended on it. It does not. As it is, google just makes the data available for public use but only under conditions of not being hounded for it.

    That however does not mean that Google’s data is wrong.

    Its for any individual to judge for themselves whether google’s data is right or wrong. The question is, do you judge it to be wrong because you want/believe it to be wrong, or do you have independent knowledge of the issue that contradicts google’s data? or Do you have have a technical understanding of search trends data based on which you doubt google’s data?

    For my own part, I tend to believe google data on this. The trends reflect an approximate inverse correlation between porn/sex searches in countries with large internet user populations and sexual liberation. I would expect that countries with huge numbers of sexually repressed internet users would rank high on the porn searches.

  7. Sahal

    @ Sardar Khan,

    Bharwa, what are you smoking.

  8. skarlok

    @ Sardar Khan

    “It is an other way to let down Pakistanis.When google had refuted it you must delet it from your web pages at once.It is an other concipracy of the qadianis and so called secular elements in our soceity.”

    conspiracy of the qadianis and secular elements of course!!!
    YLH if there anything you should be deleting it is this comment.

  9. Harriss Ali Khan

    The writer needs a bit of research before agreeing to the said report,
    Internet service providers did a press conference where they refuted such report because there are 1.5 billion internet users in the world and Pakistan only have 20 million users. how come they would top such a list? it means these 20 million have nothing else to do than searching for such obnoxious sites. wow!!!
    This propaganda is done to bring a bad name to Pakistan as we banned face-book, youtube etc in recent history. shame on all those who listen to one side of the story.

  10. Mustafa Shaban

    @Hariss: You are right only a small fraction of Pakistanis have internet access and we make a very small fraction of the entire worlds internet users.

  11. Aliloveall

    This is very very sad. Indians dont have anything else to do or what! Go remove poverty from your country idiots instead of abusing us infront of the world.


    I live in the USA
    every other person here is watching porn; young, old, married, single.