*Type “porn” in Google and you get over half a billion results.

But expect the number of pornography websites to explode now that ICANN has approved the .xxx domain – essentially creating a red light district on the internet.

On Friday, the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers voted 9-3 to approve the triple-X domain name during its annual meeting in San Francisco.

Thousands of people have pre-registered over 267,000 .xxx domains with ICM Registry, the company that proposed the top-level domain. Over 40,000 of those .xxx domains were reserved within 24 hours of the Friday’s decision, the registry said via Twitter.

Critics were quick to blast the ICANN decision, saying the .xxx domain simply multiplies the number of adult websites on the internet. Porn site operators can now occupy both .com and .xxx .domains.

“I think this is a dumb decision and just adds more porn to the web and makes the web once again known for porn,” Craig Gross, co-founder of XXXChurch.com, a ministry which helps people overcome their addiction to pornography, wrote Saturday.

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