Porn banned on free wifi: Starbucks filters from 2019

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Starbucks, the premium American coffeehouse chain has announced to block all porn websites on its free wifi across the US. the plan is to be implemented from 2019 and their solution to aborting spread of illegal matter will be into effect in all their outlets.

While watching explicit content in the store was always banned, the coffee giant will now actively block such content, the BBC reported.

The company has been under pressure from a Virginia-based non-profit, Enough is Enough, to filter pornography in its stores.

Fast food chain McDonald’s changed its Wi-Fi policies in 2016 after pressure from the group.

“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,” Starbucks said in a statement on Thursday.

The coffee company said it had “identified a solution” to stop access to pornography in all in US locations by 2019, but did not specify what this solution was.

Enough is Enough issued a statement earlier this week condemning the company for breaking a promise to block such content in 2016.

“Starbucks continues to serve up free, unrestricted Wi-Fi to its customers, opening the door for patrons to view graphics or obscene pornography, view or distribute child pornography (an illegal crime) or engage in sexual predation activity,” the statement read.

The group encouraged people to sign a petition demanding Starbucks to introduce such a filter.

Almost 27,000 people had signed it by Thursday