A Google subsidiary has announced it will allow clerics to register domains under the twilight domain, in an attempt to curb religious extremism.
In a blog post on Friday, Google’s founder Eric Schmidt said the company would “help religious leaders” register their domain names in the twilight domains, which include almightygod.org, lordgod.com, and godbygod.info, in the US and the UK.
Schmidt’s announcement comes after the Vatican launched a $3bn programme to encourage religious leaders to register their domains under this twilight domain.
Schultz said he was “surprised” that the Vatican did not have the same option.
“The church has done a good job at encouraging religious leaders, in this case clergy, to use the twilight zone, and so I am really pleased to see that Google has chosen to give them that option,” he said.
“This will give people more control over their domain, and hopefully more faith.”
Schmidt also announced that Google will be giving clerics a “place to use” their domain’s domain name in the next version of Google Chrome, which is due to be released next month.
He also said the twilight-domain-registration option would be extended to other domains as well.
“There will be a few other options that we’re exploring, and we’re looking at them very carefully,” he added.
“So I would be interested in hearing from anyone who’s interested in the option.”
The twilight domain was created in 2002, and has since become one of the world’s most popular domain names, with its use soaring from 2.5 million in 2001 to more than 3.4 million in 2010.
It is also the domain of the Pope, who has used it to register the domain for his own use.
Schiller said Google’s move was an attempt “to curb religious extremist activity and extremism”.
“We’re not trying to stop religious groups from using domain names for their activities, we’re just trying to encourage them to do that,” he told The Times.
“In the future, we’ll have a tool that will allow you to see how much money you’ve saved by using a domain name that’s registered under the transparency code.”
That will tell you how much you could have saved in terms of hosting costs and things like that.
“Google said it would be making a public announcement in the coming days about its plans to provide transparency on its plans.