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Plans for .xxx sex domain rejected

Internet regulators have rejected proposals to introduce a .xxx domain suffix for porn websites.

Internet regulators have rejected proposals to introduce a .xxx domain suffix for porn websites.

Advocates for .xxx claimed such a domain would make it easier for users to find sex sites and help others to avoid them.

Internet regulator Icann rejected plans to introduce a .xxx domain in the face of opposition from both the religious right in the US and from within the porn industry.

Conservatives said such a domain would “legitimise” porn, while some porn companies feared it would bring them under greater state control.

The idea of a .xxx domain was first floated in 2001, but the decision over whether to introduce it has been postponed several times.

The US Department of Commerce had also expressed reservations about allowing .xxx.

ICM Registry, the company that wanted to run the .xxx domain, claimed it would have made it easier for users to find or filter out porn sites.

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