888 4 GAY NEWS or 888-442-9639

No more porn at Starbucks, company will use tech to block it on free Wi-Fi

Internet safety group puts pressure on Starbucks to end porn through its free Wi-Fi.
Photo credit:
Google Street View

Coffee drinkers who like to look at online graphic adult content on Starbuck's free Wi-Fi will no longer be able to do so starting in 2019. 

The company says it has developed a system to filter out the content although they won't reveal any details about it. 

The coffee chain has been planning to block the content back in 2016 as soon as they figured out a way to do it. 

They've been under some pressure by the internet safety group Enough Is Enough to implement a blocker after they gathered 26,000 signatures by concerned citizens. 

Donna Rice Hughes, Enough is Enough's CEO, says porn through free Wi-Fi is "keeping the doors wide open for convicted sex offenders and others to fly under the radar from law enforcement and use free, public Wi-Fi services to access illegal child porn and hard-core pornography."

Starbucks says people looking at porn in their stores doesn't happen often.

“While it rarely occurs, the use of Starbucks public Wi-Fi to view illegal or egregious content is not, nor has it ever been permitted," they said in a statement. "We have identified a solution to prevent this content from being viewed within our stores and we will begin introducing it to our US locations in 2019.”

Other fast food chains such as McDonald's and Subway have enabled pornography blockers on their Wi-Fi networks since 2016.