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Starbucks will now block porn

Starbucks will now stop people from viewing explicit imagery over its public WiFi hotspots inside stores. They have had years of pressure from anti-pornography group, Enough is Enough. The organization has already pressured McDonald’s and Chick Fil-A to do the same. Now it has forced Starbucks to take action after an online petition got over 26,000 signatures.

“Apparently, Starbucks cares more about providing paper straws to protect the environment than protecting kids and patrons on its public WiFi!” the CitizenGo petition states. “Starbucks broke its promise to filter pornography and child sex abuse images, despite its public announcement it would voluntarily provide safe WiFi in its restaurants nationwide…an announcement more than 2 and-a-half years ago!”

Yes Starbucks did tell CNN back in 2016 that it would implement porn-blocking filters at its stores around the world, but they’re not in place. Now this week, Enough is Enough CEO Donna Rice Hughes blasted it for not following through on its pledge. “By breaking its commitment, Starbucks is keeping the doors wide open for convicted sex offenders and others to fly under the radar from law enforcement and use free, public WiFi services to access illegal child porn and hard-core pornography,” said Hughes.

Now the company says it is making good on the promise. A Starbucks spokesperson says that a “solution” will be introduced to its US stores in 2019. How big of a problem is this? No one knows how many people actually watch porn at Starbucks.

Source Engadget

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