Statement by Dawn Hawkins, Executive Director of NCOSE
Washington, DC – In response to public requests, McDonald’s is filtering pornography from WiFi in its corporate-owned restaurants, and has made the same service available to its franchisees. This is the result of a campaign spearheaded by Enough is Enough in partnership with the National Center on Sexual Exploitation and more than 70 other organizations.
“I want to publicly thank McDonald’s for making its WiFi safer for its patrons,” said Dawn Hawkins, Executive Director of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. “This change came after thousands of concerned citizens signed a petition asking for #PornFreeWiFi from McDonald’s and Starbucks, which was part of a larger campaign conducted by Enough is Enough in partnership with the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. While Starbucks has yet to respond or take action, I commend McDonald’s for adopting a socially responsible corporate measure that ensures its customers enjoy safe, public space free from pornography.”
“This new filtered WiFi policy, implemented in the first quarter of 2016, is automatically applied to all corporate-owned restaurants in the U.S. and the same service is available to its franchisees,” Hawkins continued. “Now the majority of McDonald’s restaurants will offer safer WiFi for their patrons. McDonald’s now joins the ranks of other corporations such as Chick-fil-A and Panera Bread which are all doing their part to address the public health crisis of pornography by proactively filtering pornography on its WiFi. We call on Starbucks to quickly follow their lead.”
The public is encouraged to sign this petition thanking McDonalds for its policy change.