Penn State Buys Porn Domain Names in Effort to Stop Sex Scandal Ridicule

After the recent sex scandal involving former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, the school is taking precaution against possible online backlash from the incident. Penn State is buying multiple .xxx domain names to keep them from being used by porn sites or creative geeks to poke fun at the sex scandal.

The domain suffix .xxx is used for pornographic sites and at first it seems surprising that no one has purchased one with Sandusky’s name or Penn State’s title already.

The .xxx domain is new as of 2011, created by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to prevent web surfers from stumbling upon pornographic sites with common domains. The domain isn’t available to the public until December, so Penn State is taking advantage of the early sale by ICANN to trademarked buyers.

Penn State is worried a student of a rival school (or anyone else for that matter) might purchase a domain name and use either Sandusky’s name or the school’s title or mascot along with something related to sex with underage boys, which is the crime for which Sandusky has been charged.

It seems comical that Penn State would do such a thing, but it’s a great public relations (PR) move to prevent further public ridicule of this sex scandal. Ever since the scandal basically took over most news feeds in America, social media has already done an unmeasureable amount of damage to the school’s reputation. Twitter blew up with derogatory comments regarding the school and its employees. Buying porn domain names might just be the best idea to go through Penn State in a while.

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