Starbucks was targeted with some retaliatory backlash by a pornography website after a decision affecting its stores.
The porn site YouPorn.com reportedly aimed at getting revenge by announcing a ban on all Starbucks products from its offices beginning in the new year, according to the Washington Examiner.
That move was apparently triggered by Starbucks’ decision to block access to pornographic websites on all of its stores’ Wi-Fi hot spots effective as of 2019.
“The vice president of YouPorn, a free pornographic video-sharing site and one of the 200 most-visited websites worldwide, responded by sending a memo to staff banning Starbucks products from company offices starting Jan. 1, 2019.”https://t.co/NiM2JrK55i
— Ford Fischer (@FordFischer) November 29, 2018
“To ensure the Third Place remains safe and welcoming to all, we have identified a solution to prevent this content from being viewed within our stores and we will begin introducing it to our US locations in 2019,” a Starbucks representative told Business Insider on Wednesday.
Following moves by companies like McDonald’s, Subway, and Chick-fil-A, which began to use filters to block pornography on store Wi-Fi in 2016, Starbucks announced it would do the same. But there was apparently no follow-through from the global coffee giant and an online petition – which has generated nearly 27,000 signatures – called out the company for breaking its promise.
“Apparently, Starbucks cares more about providing paper straws to protect the environment than protecting kids and patrons on its public WiFi! Starbucks broke its promise to filter pornography and child sex abuse images, despite its public announcement it would voluntarily provide safe WiFi in its restaurants nationwide … an announcement more than 2 and-a-half years ago!” the petition stated.
Starbucks announced it would finally make good on its promise, and apparently YouPorn took it personally. The highly trafficked free pornographic website, which was launched in 2006, issued its own announcement in response.
— XBIZ (@XBIZ) November 30, 2018
Twitter users found plenty of humor in the retaliation by YouPorn.
YouPorn has banned all Starbucks products from its offices in retaliation for Starbucks banning anyone from using free in-store Wi-Fi to watch porn.
Yeah, you read that right.https://t.co/ZbP46OJXwl
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) November 30, 2018
A new kind of revenge porn
— sami (@SamiYewman) November 30, 2018
I’m sure Starbucks is devastated. Totally right and overdue decision by Starbucks kids are in Starbucks.
— American Carnage (@Cynfulfan) November 30, 2018
??? somebody call the barista, because Starbucks just got ROASTED. Touché YouPorn https://t.co/e0Ta6zAu4m
— Lis Smash (@LisSaunders) November 30, 2018
This will later be known as the great coffee and porn trade war.
— Michele Morrow (@michelemorrow) December 1, 2018
Yeah..I feel like Starbucks will be largely unaffected by this..lmao
— t (@dopaminediscord) November 30, 2018
Not sure for what I should be amazed, that people are watching Porn in public or that youporn has offices with an S added to its end..Didn’t know these sites are this popular pic.twitter.com/n4pFpAY7Ot
— VK (@vkadroit) November 30, 2018
This is peak 2018
— Stephen Thompson (@StephenfromAZ) November 30, 2018