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Starbucks looks to ban customers from accessing X-rated materials online in its coffee shops.

According to Business Insider, the coffee chain is rolling out a new technology tool starting in 2019 that will block customers from watching pornographic material on Starbucks’ free Wi-Fi.

Starbucks did not give reasons or details as to why they plan to block the explicit content.
The popular coffee giant has been under pressure from internet safety activists to block pornography over the years.

“Starbucks has demonstrated that they don’t respond to a carrot approach, but are very responsive to a public stick and media pressure,” Donna Rice Hughes, the group’s CEO, said in an emailed statement to the media. 

“Therefore, we will keep a watchful eye until they have actually implemented filtering in the US-based company-owned stores and hopefully their franchised-owned stores as well.”

The porn industry did not respond well to the news from Starbucks. YouPorn issued their own version of revenge porn by sending out an internal memo their employees banning Starbuck products in YouPorn’s offices.

Watching pornography is already banned at many Starbucks locations. However, there are not content blockers on the stores’ Wi-Fi.

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