Recently, “The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has given the .XXX top-level domain (TLD) its final seal of approval. The TLD is meant to give pornographic websites a clearly marked home on the Internet, but it has gone through so many ups and downs over the last 11 years that it’s almost a shock that it has finally gone through. Still, the measure didn’t pass without opposition—nine ICANN board members voted in favor of .XXX, while three opposed and four abstained—and the vote went against the recommendation of ICANN’s Government Advisory Committee.”

This measure will make it less easy for people to find pornography in a regular web search. Children will be less likely to stumble upon it.

So why has this faced opposition? I would guess that it has much to do with the fact that nobody wants to responsibly face how prevalent pornography is out of fear of looking like they associate with a stigmatizing industry.

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