Sex domain, .xxx, has finally received approval from Internet overseer, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), to make way for dedicated domain names to pornography. The approval brings to an end a 10-year battle to create a top level “.xxx” domain similar to the already existing “.com”, “.biz” and “.org” domains.
Although initial approval was given last year, a final decision was delayed so as to carry out further consultation checks on what has been tagged ‘the virtual red light district’. Following the decision, ICANN will now sign an agreement with the ICM Registry.
While those in support of the decision claim that a separate .xxx domain name will make it easier to filter out inappropriate content such as porn and adult movies from the Internet, others worry that the move to classify similar content will taint their image or for some others, legitimize the content of these sites.
Do you support the approval of an exclusive “.xxx” domain for adult-related content on the Internet?