Starbucks Bans Wifi Porn – Pornsites Ban Starbucks
The popular porn site YouPorn prohibits all its employees from using Starbucks products in its offices. The decision is a direct response to the prohibition of Starbucks to use the free Wi-Fi network in its shops for surfing to porn websites. Competitor Pornhub launches the 'Safe For Work' category as a counterreaction to the Starbucks decision.
As of January 1, 2019, Starbucks customers will no longer be able to surf to porn sites while slurping from their favorite latte macchiato.
The coffee chain will deny them access to such websites via the free Wifi network.
From a leaked e-mail it appears that Charlie Hughes, the vice director of YouPorn, wants to strike back against Starbucks, however small his reaction may be.
In an email entitled "updated business policy," the vice director explains "as Starbucks prohibits customers from surfing to adult content in their establishments, Starbucks products will be officially banned in YouPorn offices from January 1, 2019,"
Anyone who has problems with this is advised to contact his manager.
Whether this is really a "leak," a petty reaction or a sophisticated publicity stunt, remains an open question at this point.
Pornhub, the other major porn site, takes less drastic measures.
The website is launching a new category called 'Safe For Work'.
"To be in line with Starbucks' new policy, we have created an option that gives fans the opportunity to still enjoy the good content they're used to which is fit for consumption in public places," says Vice President Corey Price.
UPDATE: @Youporn tells employees it's banning Starbucks coffee in its offices because the coffee chain is blocking porn on its store wi-fihttps://t.co/bGZ7J3Ze4E
Under the Safe For Work category, surfers can find music videos, clips from video games, and a host of other videos. The advertising banners, however, retain their pornographic content.
Starbucks has always banned its Wi-Fi users from surfing to porn sites, but it is the first time that the company will effectively block access to those websites. "Although it is rare, the use of the public Starbucks Wi-Fi network for viewing illegal or shameful content is not permitted and was never the case. We have worked out a solution to avoid that such content can be visited in our stores and we will start implementing it in our locations in the US from 2019," the company said in an official statement.