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Morality in Media works to block porn domainscomment (0)

July 26, 2012


Morality in Media is working to block new Internet pornography domains months after the initiation of the .xxx portal, which was promoted as a central adult gateway to Internet porn.

At issue is an application .xxx-domain owner ICM Registry has made to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers for approval of three additional pornography domains: .sex, .porn and .adult. 

Morality in Media is asking the public to block approval of these domains that would only increase the number of porn sites, which have been proven harmful to children, adults and families.

“What we need to do is overwhelm the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers with complaints about the new porn domains so that it calls attention to the problem with them and the fact that we don’t need more porn on the Internet, which is all this will be,” said Patrick Trueman, Morality in Media president and former chief of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section. “We are working today, in fact, on our current campaign to get organizations and individuals to file objections to these new domains .sex, .adult and .porn.”

Morality in Media is contacting such groups as Focus on the Family, the Family Research Council, the Alliance Defending Freedom and others and has posted on its website www.pornharms.com, a petition gathering signatures against IMC Registry’s application.

The public has until Aug. 12 to file complaints with ICANN, an international agency.

Filing a complaint with ICANN requires registration on the ICANN website, which Trueman described as a ploy to discourage participation. 

The process takes about five minutes.

“Keep in mind ICM Registry is going to try to get people to file supporting comments for this, as though we need more porn. There’s always a lot of people supporting that position,” Trueman said. “So we can win it if we get the people.”

He encourages the public to file complaints at www.waronillegalpornography.com.

“America is already suffering an untreated pandemic of harm from pornography and we need less, not more, pornography,” Trueman said. “Research demonstrates that harms from pornography include damage to brain function, lifelong addictions for both children and adults, isolation and depression, family dysfunction and divorce, increased demand for child pornography and child sexual abuse, increased prostitution and sex trafficking, violence against women, financial instability and the list continues.”  

(BP)

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