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After Years of Lobbying, Starbucks STILL Hasn’t Banned Child Porn from Its WiFi Networks

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For more than four years, a non-profit has been leaning on Starbucks to block illicit content, including child pornography, from its public WiFi inside its stores without success.

“We started the ‘Safe WiFi’ campaign a number of years ago, and we asked Starbucks and McDonald’ to lead corporate America to voluntarily filter their public WiFi from two types of content – pornography, and child pornography,” said Enough is Enough founder Donna Rice Hughes in an interview with Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk.

Enough is Enough is described as the “national leader on the front lines of making the Internet safer for children and families.” Founded in 1994, it “has pioneered and led the effort to confront online pornography, child pornography, child stalking and sexual predation with innovative initiatives and effective communications.”

According to Hughes, McDonald’s is filtering such content in 14,000 of its stores. Starbucks, though, formerly led by potential presidential candidate Howard Schultz, has yet to act despite four years of lobbying from the group.

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“Starbucks, however, made a promise two and a half years ago, based on our efforts, that they would begin filtering,” Hughes said. “However, two and a half years passed and they did not keep their promise.”

Why would Starbucks allow such content to go unfiltered in more than 14,500 stores nationwide? The answer is anyone’s guess. But Enough is Enough is still fighting.

“We decided after working behind the scenes with them and WiFi providers to turn up the heat, just recently,” Hughes said. “We did a press release, and within 24 hours the media got behind our effort, and Starbucks agreed to begin filtering in Starbucks’ nationally in 2019. But this time, we are holding our applause, and we are asking people to sign that we have at Enough.org, because we’re going to keep the heat on Starbucks this time until they actually follow through on their promise.”

Hughes and her organization, though, still have not been able to get Starbucks to budge.

“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 company told NBC in late 2018.

Hughes told NBC that Starbucks sent her a letter telling her that they will begin filtering such content “once we determine that our customers can access our free WiFi in a way that also doesn’t involuntarily block unintended content.”


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