The bizarre claims are among 163 complaints about new dot-word gTLD applications that the Saudi Communication and Information Technology Commission has filed with domain name gatekeeper ICANN over the last few days.
“We consider there is a risk that this string is used in the same way as .XXX to host pornographic websites,” the commission wrote in its objection to Johnson & Johnson's .baby application.
The J&J bid, which was among 1,930 applications for new web address extensions received by ICANN earlier this year (six of which were for .baby), specifically states that it would be reserved for the company's own marketing purposes, which presumably would not entail child-abuse material.
Virgin's application for .virgin is also for a so-called “dot-brand” or “single-registrant” gTLD. The company does not plan to sell .virgin domain names to regular punters, so the chances of it hosting pornography are pretty slim.
The Saudi government has also objected to gTLD applications relating to alcohol and gambling – .wine, .vodka, .casino, .poker, .bar and .pub – on “moral” and health grounds...
...It also wants ICANN to rejects bids for gTLD strings potentially related to sex and romance: it's objected to .dating, .hot, .sex, .porn, .sexy and .gay.
“Many societies and cultures consider homosexuality to be contrary to their culture, morality or religion,” the commission wrote. “The creation of a gTLD string which promotes homosexuality will be offensive to these societies and cultures.”
Some of its objections are purely religious in nature. It's objected to .catholic, .bible, .islam, .halal and others. The applications for .tattoo, .sucks and .wtf also received negative comments.
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