XXX Domain Coming Soon

The cyber world will soon have its own official red light district after the U.S.-based nonprofit organization that oversees the assignments of domain approved the use of .xxx for adult websites.

The Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers, which is based in California, announced Friday its decision to allow the use of the .xxx domain. With the approval of the domain, the ICANN hopes to regulate pornographic websites. Getting a .xxx website won’t be easy, though, as applications will have to be approved by the International Foundation for Online Responsibility to weed out the fraudulent sites from the legitimate ones.

ICANN said in a statement that the approval of the domain will provide reassurance to customers that “they are more protected from the risk of viruses, identity theft, credit card fraud and inadvertent exposure to child abuse images.”

However, the approval of the .xxx domain doesn’t mean that porn sites will no longer be allowed to use the .com domain. Adult sites will continue to have the latitude to choose which domain they want for their websites.