Starbucks Starts Blocking Pornography From its Wi-Fi Networks

Starbucks had once promised fans that it would block porn in 2016 from its network but somehow the company did not follow through with its promise. Fast forward to 2018 and the company wants to try again.

Blocking of pornography from Starbuck’s public Wi-Fi networks could possibly start from its US stores, as the company revealed to several news outlets.

A statement reads as follows:

We have identified a solution this content from being viewed within our stores and we will begin to introduce it to our US locations in 2019.

The statement above was sent to an online news outlet.

Starbucks has long since banned the viewing of pornography from its various locations in the US but the management did nothing to enforce the policy in its various locations. The company could have made use of firewalls security measures to do or used other effective methods to block pornography off but it didn’t.

Now it has become mandatory due to pressure from anti-porn activist group Enough is Enough. This group gathered 26,000 signatures in support of porn filtering. The group pointed out that Starbucks promised to start the filtering of porn in 2016 without making that promise come true. Two years after, and the opportunity comes again to make Starbucks comply and set things straight regarding previous promise.

Last week, the group wrote that it appears that Starbucks cares more about providing paper straws to protect the environment than protecting kids ad patrons on its public Wi-Fi. The group also focused on the company’s filtering off pornography in the UK store locations for the past several years. Therefore, the group says hardly will anything stop it from achieving its aims especially in the US.

Another company that promised to filter off pornography from its Wi-Fi networks in 2016 is McDonalds. As done by Starbucks, McDonalds also filtered off pornography from its UK public locations in 2016. However, the company followed through with its promise right then in 2016, but Starbucks did not do that.

Enough is Enough is looking for having a quick success at its aim this time in ensuring that this time it is able to comply.

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