Porn TLD on Hold

Written by Jason Cundall

August 16, 2005 | 12:20

Tags: #department-of-commerce #porn #tld #top-level-domain #xxx

Companies: #icann

After years of wrangling and eventual approval by the "Powers That Be" back in June this year, the final rubber stamp that was to usher in the new .XXX top level domain has been put on hold - as ICANN tries to assuage various homegrown and international political concerns over the new TLD:

The plan for a virtual red light district through the creation of a .xxx net domain name has hit delays after concern from government officials.

An official from President George Bush's administration has asked for the brakes be put on the planned domain name until its impact is studied more.

The domain was given the go-ahead by Icann (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) in June.

But some are concerned that it would encourage more porn on the net.

More from the BBC here.

A lot of fuss over nothing, or valid concerns? There's so much adult content out on the wild wild web - does it make any difference whether there's a dedicated domain? Let us know your thoughts on this provocative subject in the news forum.
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