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Icann rejects new porn top-level domain

Antony Savvas

Web domain name governing body Icann has rejected the introduction of a .xxx top-level domain for porn sites.

The .xxx top-level domain has now been vetoed for a third and final time by Icann. There had been calls to introduce the new domain to make porn more identifiable to search engines, and to aid filtering by parents.

While some porn firms wanted the new domain, many established ones didn’t as they had already spent vast sums establishing the names of their existing sites.

Tom Newton, product manager at internet security systems provider SmoothWall, said, “A .xxx top level domain will not help keep children away from porn.

Even if legislation were introduced to force pornographers to only use the .xxx domain, it would not be enforceable worldwide - just across the UK, North America, and perhaps the EU at best.”

Newton said, “A ruling for a .xxx top level domain would give parents and guardians a false sense of security. It will not make finding porn harder - on the contrary, it will be easier, and if a child does get unfiltered access he or she would know where to go to find the 'good' stuff.”

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