.xxx Back Again: Registrar Promising Lots Of Porn, But No Spam
from the .$$$ dept
Apparently for ICANN, though, the real concern with .xxx was how sites using the domain would be policed, and the company pushing the proposal now says it will "ensure" sites won't hit users with spam or spyware, as well as keep child porn out and prevent kids from being able to see anything naughty. We have a hard time believing it will actually be able to do any of those things, but the claims about spam and spyware are particularly silly. Not that they'd care, but shady porn site operators could just keep on spamming and planting spyware from their existing domains. Also, it seems a little odd that ICANN would care so much that .xxx sites act responsibly, while sending the implicit message that it's perfectly fine by them to spam people and distribute spyware as long as you're doing it from a different top-level domain. These sorts of empty promises from companies proposing new TLDs -- that they'll set content standards and enforce them -- appears to be a new trend. The company behind the pointless .mobi TLD for mobile content did the same thing, but apparently they've been too busy counting their money to bother enforcing them.