New York (The Verge) — Namecheap blocks registration of domains with “coronavirus” and “vaccine” in the name theverge.com/2020/3/25/2119….
Los Angeles-based domain registrar Namecheap is banning use of coronavirus-related words in website names to combat fraud and abuse as the global health crisis worsens. You can still apply through the company’s support channels to have a new domain manually registered if there’s a genuine reason to do so.
Coronavirus-related fraud and abuse has become rampant online in the past few months, as the situation has worsened around the world and countless economies have ground to a halt in an attempt to stem the spread of the illness. That’s led to a wave of countermeasures from tech companies large and small. Amazon, eBay, and other online sellers have begun removing listings that make false coronavirus claims, as well as restricting the sale of health items like face masks and hand sanitizer. Big platform companies like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have all started working together to take more aggressive stances on moderating potential misinformation and fraudulent content related to the crisis, too.
Namecheap says legitimate companies and website owners can apply for a domain name containing one of the now-banned words by going through its support team, which “will be available to review and register it for you manually upon your request.” — Nick Statt/@verge