As of 2019, Starbucks customers in the United States will not be able to view pornographic content on devices connected to the Wi-Fi network of the cafeteria chain's stores, a company representative told the NBCNews news channel.
The spokesman, whose name has not been disclosed, said that the consumption of "scandalous content" has "always" violated the company's policy, which has now come up with the solution to prevent access to pornography from their wireless networks.
A group that watches over Internet protection, called Enough Is Enough (Basta ya), has gathered more than 26,000 signatures to demand a greater filtering of content in the points of public access to Internet of the famous coffee shops.
The same organization already launched a campaign in 2014 that called for banning pornographic content to both Starbucks and fast food company McDonald's.
While the hamburger chain imposed a content filter on its network in 2016, Starbucks did not take any immediate action and only expressed a verbal commitment.
"Starbucks had the opportunity to protect its clients from images considered obscene and illegal according to the law, but they did not do anything, even though they voluntarily filter this same content in the United Kingdom," said the president of Enough Is Enough. , Donna Rice Hughes, in a statement.
In this way, the network of coffee shops joins other chains and franchises that already apply these filters such as McDonald's, Subway, Panera Bread and KFC, the latter only in the United Kingdom.
"People sit there for hours on the internet, they're known for this, let's make them safe," Hughes said.