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Online viewing of pornographic materials has skyrocketed in Washington, D.C., as scores of federal workers returned to their government offices after working from home for months due to coronavirus.

Viewing of porn online was principally dormant after March when federal offices were shuttered as COVID-19 spread. In recent days as more federal workers returned to their cubicles, daily users at one popular website, Stripchat, have gone from about 3,000 to roughly 55,000, the Washington Examiner reported.

According to data shared with the news outlet, the “highest daily marks in traffic” beginning on July 8 occurred between the business hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

“Now that people in some industries have started to return to the office — including government employees returning to Washington, D.C. from nearby suburban areas — it’s becoming apparent that old habits die hard,” the website said, as cited by the Washington Examiner.

As noted by the site’s vice president of new media, Max Bennett, visits to the site originating from Washington D.C. suburbs climbed as well as staffers worked from home during the pandemic shutdown. Now, however, that usage has shifted to the nation’s capital itself.

“Apparently, this new midday stress-relieving method can be a tough habit to shake once returning to the office, as our data also shows an extreme uptick in site visits from the Washington, D.C., area starting in early July — the same week government employees began returning to the nation’s capital,” Bennett told the news outlet.

One caveat, he added, is that Washingtonians visiting the site “tend to keep up their patriotic spirit” because they largely select U.S. models to chat with for their “midday pick-me-up.”

Noted the Washington Examiner:

Federal government and many private company computers have anti-porn filters. Uncle Sam put a ban on government employees watching pornography in the workplace in 2011, but there have been numerous reports and media stories about online porn use by government workers in the past three years.

Federal government news website FedSmith reported in May 2018 that an investigation by a local NBC affiliate news team found that federal workers in at least 12 agencies were viewing porn online, while “going to great lengths to cover their tracks in some cases.”

“The I-Team reviewed investigative records obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request and gathered a sampling of cases at 12 federal agencies since 2015,” FedSmith reported.

“The investigation focused on cases investigated by agency inspectors general which they said included large-scale or illegal incidents discovered inside of offices,” the news site added.

Some cases involved arrests of federal workers suspected of viewing child porn. In other cases, the outlet noted, some employees admitted that they spent a significant portion of their workdays viewing porn on government computers.

The local NBC outlet’s investigation was a follow-up to an earlier one, done in 2017, that got the attention of then-GOP Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, now President Donald Trump’s chief of staff.

Meadows was so alarmed by the report he began pushing for legislation that would ban federal employees from viewing porn at work.

The House passed Meadows’ legislation in July 2016 calling for guidelines against porn-viewing by federal workers.

“It’s kind of ridiculous that we have to legislate this, but it is such a pervasive problem in our work on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee,” then-GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah said at the time.

“Last year’s investigation found that almost 100 federal employees across numerous agencies had either admitted to or were caught viewing pornography in the previous five years,” FedSmith reported.

Jon Dougherty

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