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Starbucks to Block Porn Sites On Its Wi-Fi From Next Year

Coffee chain Starbucks has announced that it will start blocking pornographic sites from its Wi-Fi network beginning of 2019 stating that the decision was taken amid public pressure exerted by internet-safety groups. A company representative spoke to NBC stating that though viewing of “egregious content” was violation of their policy they did not know how to stop it. Now they have a solution to the problem that will prevent customers from viewing unseemly content within Starbucks’ stores in United States from 2019. This solution was considered as the best when internet-safety group Enough is Enough presented the firm with a petition signed by 26,000 concerned citizens.

The non-profit advocacy group launched a campaign in 2014 to keep family based restaurants free of porn viewing by patrons and sent out requests to both McDonald’s and Starbucks which was responded quickly and positively by the former while Starbucks did not seem enthusiastic. Sustained pressure on the firm forced Starbucks to respond in 2016 that it was discussing the matter with several organizations to implement the best solution that would put an end to viewing of illegal and egregious content in its outlets. But according to Enough is Enough CEO Donna Rice Hughes Starbucks just stopped with that statement.

She stated that though it could put its best behavior on show by protecting other customers from viewing obscene and illegal images but they did not bother though they filter such content in the UK voluntarily. This is why the group will keep applying pressure on Starbucks until the filtration is implemented in 2019 though she affirmed that Starbucks sent her a letter during summer that they are looking for a solution to make their free Wi-Fi available to people while blocking the unintended content. A free pornographic video sharing site YouPorn has responded to the coffee chain’s decision by sending a memo to its staff that all Starbucks products are banned from company premises.

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