Porn Gets a Search Engine

by Christopher Freeburn | September 28, 2012 12:21 pm

Porn Gets a Search Engine

There is no shortage of pornography in the Internet. Now, porn is getting its own search engine[1].

Recently the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the agency that governs the Internet, approved “.xxx” a new domain, exclusively for adult material.

The people behind .xxx have created a search engine — called, naturally, Search.xxx — that can sift through the 20 million pages of material on the .xxx domain to locate whatever dedicated porn aficionados want, Fox News notes.

In addition to satisfying the desires of porn-interested web surfers, the new search engine will keep people who don’t want to see pornography from accidentally accessing it using non-porn specific search engines.

The sheer volume of explicit material available to anyone willing to do a simple Google (NASDAQ:GOOG[2]) search has sparked concerns from child-safety and anti-pornography advocates for years.

Google and Microsoft‘s (NASDAQ:MSFT[3]) Bing search engine are increasingly using filters to screen pornographic links from regular search engine results.

The creators of Search.xxx say their search engine, and the new domain, are ways the pornography industry can engage in self-regulation.

However, leading pornography studios like Vivid Entertainment warn that porn-specific domains are a trap that could end up limiting free speech and invite government regulation. Industry experts say that the new search engine likely won’t convince leading porn producers to move to the .xxx domain.

Endnotes:
  1. getting its own search engine: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2012/09/27/web-safer-with-new-porn-search-engine/
  2. GOOG: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=GOOG
  3. MSFT: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=MSFT

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