Following Wait, .xxx TLD Goes Live

(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – Website addresses with the .XXX TLD went live on the internet today.

The controversial domain ending meant for websites with adult content was originally approved by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN) in March.

The  .xxx TLDs is provided for by ICM Registry.

“While adult entertainment is enjoyable to many adults, it is not appropriate for all audiences,” commented ICM Registry CEO Stuart Lawley.

In a news report concerning the matter, PCWorld noted that over 100 thousand sites with the TLD launched.

While the addition of .xxx could help distinguish adult sites from more appropriate ones, the TLD’s availability is not without controversy. Some fear the TLD could make adult-related sites more prominent on the web.

Earlier this year, a news report from the Economic Times indicated that India might block .xxx sites.

Then there’s the fear of domain squatting where a user will register a trademarked name (that’s not theirs) as a domain, thus posing as or parodying the targeted trademark.

A report from the Chicago Tribune indicated that universities including the University of Chicago and Illinois State University had registered sites with the .xxx TLD to protect against unwanted website spoofs of their colleges.

Despite .xxx sites not being available until today, web hosts including Go Daddy and Easyspace had previously offered opportunities to apply and secure .xxx domains. Meanwhile, sites with the .xxx TLD will receive malware scans by virus protection company McAfee.

 

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