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Starbucks, McDonald’s to block porn on their Wi-Fi

Starbucks says it will start the process of trying to filter out porn on its stores’ Wi-Fi.
Starbucks says it will start the process of trying to filter out porn on its stores’ Wi-Fi. The Associated Press

McDonald’s and Starbucks can agree on one thing.

Following McDonald’s lead, Starbucks says it will also use filters to block customers from using its Wi-Fi to watch porn. Anti-porn groups Enough is Enough and the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, who fought for the changes, commended the businesses’ decisions.

"Parents can have peace of mind that, when they or their children go to McDonald's, they will have a safer and more friendly Wi-Fi experience, filtered from pornography, from child porn and from potential sexual exploitation and predation," Enough is Enough President Donna Rice Hughes said in a press release.

The groups say Panera, Chick-fil-A and other chains already have filters.

"Once we determine that our customers can access our free Wi-Fi in a way that also doesn't involuntarily block unintended content, we will implement this in our stores," a Starbucks spokesperson told CNN Money. "In the meantime, we reserve the right to stop any behavior that interferes with our customer experience, including what is accessed on our free Wi-Fi."

The anti-porn groups are now encouraging the public to sign their thank-you letters to McDonald’s and Starbucks for their decisions.

"We are pleased by Starbucks' decision to make its stores safer for families and children by pursuing an effective Wi-Fi filtering solution," Hughes said in a press release. "...We are hopeful that in the very near future, Starbucks will be filtering their coffee and their Wi-Fi, both nationally and globally."

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