The domain has become a favourite for link-shortening services due to how well it plays into domain names. Sites such as bit.ly have managed to turn the suffix into a catchy title and popularise the domain.
However, the .ly domain is assigned to Libya, a country which bases its internet codes of conduct on Sharia law. As such, potentially pornographic or obscene content is strictly forbidden.
These rules were recently put into effect when a Libyan registrar took down vb.ly, a link-shortening service run by sex blogger and author Violet Blue. The site prides itself as an "adult friendly" site that allows users to share links that could be considered "not safe for work"
Now it appears that the site has been taken down, and the vb service may only be the first in a larger departure from the ".ly" domain. Politician Mitt Romney has already taken down his own ".ly" site and moved to a new domain.
The funniest part of this all may be that despite the aim of the service and some of the more racy pages it has no doubt linked to, the content that got vb.ly taken down was a picture of Ms. Blue- wearing a sleeveless shirt and holding a bottle of beer.
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