December 3, 2018

Huge Victory! Starbucks Caved and Announced it will Filter its WiFi in 2019

Hey Everybody,

In case you missed it, we did it! 

One week ago today, we turned up the heat on Starbucks by launching a new petition and media campaign calling out Starbucks’ failure to the public promise it made over 2 years ago to filter pornography and child sex abuse images from its public WiFi. 

In response to the resulting national media pressure and the petition that many of you signed, Starbucks caved and publicly pledged via to offer safe WiFi beginning in 2019!!

This David and Goliath victory has been covered by hundreds of media outlets including Forbes, Fortune, CBS, The Washington Post, The New York Times and even international news publications!

We still need your help in two ways. We will continue to engage the media to keep the pressure on Starbucks until they finally implement filtering in their U.S.-based stores, like they have been doing in the U.K for the past six years.

1.    Please sign the online petition if you haven’t already and ask others to do so.

2.    We can’t do this without your financial support. Will you make your most generous donation to date today? 

It’s time for America’s children and families to enjoy the same peace of mind in a safe WiFi environment that Starbucks offers its loyal customer base in other nations. 

Below is the NBC News article that details what you helped accomplish. 

Read to the end and you will see that this move by Starbucks has had a ripple effect on Porn Industry, including one of the largest porn sites You Porn, who is banning Starbucks products beginning Jan. 1, 2019. 

Below Article appeared in NBC News By Elisha Fieldstadt:

Starbucks says it will start blocking pornography on its stores' Wi-Fi in 2019

In response, a vice president at a top porn site sent a memo to staff banning Starbucks products from company offices starting Jan. 1, 2019.

“Starbucks will start blocking pornography viewing on its stores' Wi-Fi starting in 2019, the company announced amid renewed public pressure on the coffee giant by an internet-safety group."

A Starbucks representative told NBC News that the viewing of "egregious content" over its stores' Wi-Fi has always violated its policy, but the company now has a way to stop it.

"We have identified a solution to prevent this content from being viewed within our stores and we will begin introducing it to our U.S. locations in 2019," the company representative said.

The announcement was first reported by Business Insider and comes after a petition from internet-safety advocacy group Enough is Enough garnered more than 26,000 signatures.

The nonprofit launched a porn-free campaign aimed at McDonald's and Starbucks in 2014, and it says that while McDonald's "responded rapidly and positively," Starbucks did not.

Starbucks said in 2016 that the company was "in active discussions with organizations on implementing the right, broad-based solution that would remove any illegal and other egregious content," according to a statement Monday by Enough is Enough CEO Donna Rice Hughes. But they didn't act, she said.

"Starbucks has had a tremendous opportunity to put its best foot forward in protecting its customers from images deemed obscene and illegal under the law, but they haven't budged, despite their promise two years ago and despite the fact that they voluntarily filter this same content in the UK," Hughes said in the statement.

Hughes told NBC News on Thursday that Enough is Enough ran a thank you campaign for Starbucks in 2016, but this time the organization will take a different tack.

"They won’t get an applause until they’ve actually implemented safe Wi-Fi filtering," Hughes said. "This time we’re going to wait and see, and we’re going to keep the pressure on."

In a letter that Hughes said she received from Starbucks over the summer, the company vowed to address the issue "once we determine that our customers can access our free WiFi in a way that also doesn't involuntarily block unintended content."

Starbucks has not released details about how it plans to restrict the viewing of pornographic sites or illegal content over its Wi-Fi.

The vice president of YouPorn, a free pornographic video-sharing site and one of the 200 most-visited websites worldwide, responded by sending a memo to staff banning Starbucks products from company offices starting Jan. 1, 2019.

Friends, remember, we need your tax-deductible donation today. We will keep the pressure on Starbucks and will hold our applause until Starbucks puts action behind its most recent promise. 

Thank you for partnering with us to make the Internet safer for children and families,

President & CEO 
Enough Is Enough®