Elon Musk’s Starlink Brings Internet to Remote Brazilian Tribe, Prompting Engagement with Pornography and Social Media

Just nine months following the connection of a secluded Brazilian tribe to the internet through Elon Musk’s Starlink, a surprising divide has emerged among its members—pornography. The elders of the Marubo tribe, totaling 2,000 members, express concern as the younger generation becomes enthralled with explicit content and social media platforms.

Reportedly, the Marubo tribe adheres to stringent customs, prohibiting public displays of affection. With newfound access to pornographic material, elders fear a disruption in the tribe’s longstanding traditions.

Residing along the Ituí River deep within the Amazon rainforest, the Marubo people have upheld a secluded lifestyle for centuries, speaking their language and dwelling in riverside huts. However, the sudden introduction of internet connectivity has introduced unforeseen challenges.

“When it arrived, everyone was happy,” remarked 73-year-old Tsainama Marubo. “But now, things have gotten worse,” she lamented, citing the younger generation’s adoption of modern behaviors.

Beyond concerns about pornography and social media, the tribe contends with exposure to scams, misinformation, and violent games. In response, leaders have opted to regulate internet access, restricting it to two hours in the morning and five hours in the evening, with full-day access granted on Sundays.

Elon Musk’s Starlink initiative seeks to offer high-speed internet globally, extending connectivity to once-remote regions.

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