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YOUPORN BANS STARBUCKS AFTER STARBUCKS BANNED PORN

 

 

 

Adult website YouPorn has responded to Starbucks’s decision to ban pornography from its free Wi-Fi by forbidding its employees from using the brand’s products.

The coffee behemoth plans to block pornographic content from its free Wi-Fi from 2019, Business Insider reported. YouPorn is apparently displeased with incoming block. According to Forbes, Vice President Charlie Hughes sent a memo telling all full-time and part-time employees they would no longer be allowed to consume Starbucks products in the office.

“In light of the news that Starbucks has blocked customers from searching and viewing adult content within their establishments, Starbucks products will officially be banned from the YouPorn offices, effective January 1st, 2019,” the memo said, according to Forbes.

The memo added, “See your direct manager for any questions.”

YouPorn and Starbucks did not immediately respond to requests for comment. A spokesperson for YouPorn told Forbes the note was real, but it was unclear how employees who break the rule would be dealt with.

A Starbucks spokesperson told Newsweek, “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. To ensure the ‘third place’ [between work and home] remains safe and welcoming to all, we have identified a solution to prevent this content from being viewed within our stores, and we will begin introducing it to our U.S. locations in 2019.”

The coffee giant did not provide further details on how the ban would be enforced. But it said it had tested several tools and believes it could prevent the system from blocking sites it deems unacceptable.

Starbucks’s decision follows years of campaigning from internet safety group Enough Is Enough. The advocacy group renewed its push in 2016 after the coffee company said it would introduce a ban on adult content being accessed in its stores “once we determine that our customers can access our free Wi-Fi in a way that also doesn’t involuntarily block unintended content,” CNN reported at the time.

As a stopgap, the company said at the time it reserved the right “to stop any behavior that interferes with our customer experience, including what is accessed on our free Wi-Fi.”

But that promise didn’t satisfy campaigners, and some 26,000 people signed a petition demanding that porn and child sex abuse images be blocked from Starbucks’s free Wi-Fi.

Before the announcement, Enough Is Enough President and CEO Donna Rice Hughes said in a statement, “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 Wi-Fi services to access illegal child porn and hardcore pornography.”

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