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article image.xxx porn domain gets official approval Special

By Samuel Okocha     Jun 25, 2010 in Entertainment
The official nod has been given for the creation of a Web domain dedicated to pornography. The domain name is to be known as .xxx.
BBC reports the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, ICANN, gave initial approval for the creation of the .xxx domain at its conference in Brussels.
ICANN said the next step would be talks with ICM Registry to ensure it still had sufficient backing from the adult industry to justify its creation.
“The decision should soon bring to fruition our six-year effort to create a specific Web address for online adult entertainment, and comes on the heels of an independent review that declared that ICANN’s previous decision to deny .xxx was wrong... ICM Registry said in a statement on its website.
It expects to "go live with .xxx domains at the start of 2011, if not sooner," and added: ''We have110, 000 pre-reservations and expect that number to increase now that ICANN has formally approved our application.
ICM said its chairman, Stuart Lawley, welcomed the decision and said it was "great news for those that wish to consume, or avoid, adult content".
But a broadcaster with government-owned media in northern Nigeria said the development would compound the problem of moral decadence in Africa.
“Our society is not ready for such things; we can’t contain this particular one. It's going to aggravate the moral decadence we are trying to cope with,” said Hadiza Bayero.
She said while countries like China have what it takes to monitor and filter content, Africa “ doesn’t have such facilities, so there is nothing like being monitored”
The .xxx domain will provide a place online for adult entertainment producers and consumers with effective labeling of content, so that individuals and search engines know that .xxx websites likely contain adult content. According to ICM Registry, this will allow for simple and effective filtering for those who wish to do so.
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