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Should xxx be available as a domain name?

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The new .xxx domain names go on sale at 11 a.m. ET Tuesday. IStock

"xxx," those three letters signifying all things pornographic and illicit, is officially up for sale as of Tuesday, CBC News reports.

Starting at 11 a.m. ET, anyone, including owners of pornographic websites and other adult entertainment businesses will be able to buy website domain names ending in .xxx.

The titillating letters will be available for purchase via accredited registrars that already sell other domain names. Like all hot-ticket items, the xxx will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis at steep prices set by the individual registrars.

The sale, announced Tuesday by the ICM Registry, comes after the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers made the decision in March 2011 to allow .xxx as an internet domain name.
 
The decision was controversial because many businesses feared their names would be used by .xxx sites.
 
Additionally, people voiced concerns that the move would create an online red light district, which could inadvertently make it easier for kids to find pornographic material online.

As part of the hefty price tag for the new xxx domain, at least one registry will provide .xxx sites with daily malware scans and a "family safety" label that will make it easier for users to restrict access to adult content.

Should xxx be available as a domain name? Why or why not? Share your comments below.  

(This survey is not scientific. Results are based on readers' responses.)


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