ICANN has once again kicked out the idea of .xxx top-level domain. The concept had been proposed as a way of isolating adult content on the web.

Nine ICANN board members voted against the proposal on Friday at ICANN's 28th International Public Meeting in Lisbon, Portugal. Five voted in favour, while one member abstained from voting, said Andrew Robertson, an ICANN spokesman.

Those rejecting a ".xxx" top-level domain said its creation could set ICANN up as a potential regulator of content on the Internet, which is not in its mandate. ICANN is responsible for the administration of the domain name system (DNS), the index that enables the translation of URLs into numerical IP addresses that can be called up into a browser.

In May 2006, ICANN also rejected creating the domain. Critics of the new domain said it could make adult content easier to find, but others argued that would also make it easier to filter out with software. The domain also raised concerned over free speech and how content on a webite may be classified.

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