July 16, 2016

Washington Times: Starbucks to begin porn-blocking on its free Wi-Fi

Starbucks said Friday that the coffee chain’s complimentary Wi-Fi will soon block X-rated websites, heeding the call of anti-porn activists who recently found similar success after urging McDonald's to do the same.

“Once we determine that our customers can access our free Wi-Fi in a way that also doesn’t involuntarily block unintended content, we will implement this in our stores,” Starbucks said in a statement to CNN. “In the meantime, we reserve the right to stop any behavior that interferes with our customer experience, including what is accessed on our free Wi-Fi.”

Starbucks‘ announcement came the same week advocates revealed that McDonald's recently agreed to implement porn filters at most of its U.S. restaurants in response to pleas from groups including the National Center on Sexual Exploitation and Enough is Enough, a non-profit organization formed in 1994 with the goal of confronting online pornography and sexual predation.

“This is a huge victory,” Enough is Enough President Donna Rice Hughes told CNN. “We’re proud of Starbucks and McDonald's for stepping up to the plate. Internet pornography is a public health crisis. Parents need to know which family restaurants are safe from online threats.”...

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