ICANN to Approve .xxx Domain for Porn Sites

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which oversees the Internet domain assignment, has finally decided to create .xxx top level domain and allow websites with sexually explicit content to start using the suffix on a voluntary basis. This was decided in the ICANN meeting in Brussels on Thursday.

It is estimated to have more than 370 million pornographic websites on the Internet. If all of them start using the .xxx top level domain names, it could become one of the largest domain name repositories! Figures collated by Internet Pornography Statistics suggest more than $3,000 is spent on Internet pornography every second, with “sex” the number one search term in the world, accounting for 25 percent of all Internet searches.

But many porn websites may restrain from using this domain, as it will be eazy to censor such sites with the domain name.

ICANN, formed in 1998, is a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with participants from all over the world dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It promotes competition and develops policy on the Internet’s unique identifiers.

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