LGBT McDonald's customers in New Zealand are NOT happy.
According to GayNZ.com, gay-related sites have been blocked from McDonald's locations in Wellington, NZ.
Some sites that have been blocked include The Agender site for transgender folks, and Rainbow Youth advice site.
According to McDonald's reps, the sites have been blocked because they are a family
fast food restaurant, and content of the Internet but not the food must be suitable for children.
Here's what gay Wellington resident Julz Darroch had to say about it:
"In this day and age it has shocked me. Just when we think we can get used to being treated as equals in society, and in the main centres at least, something like this comes along. Our being lesbian or gay, or wanting to be in contact with our friends and communities, should not be an issue for the likes of McDonald’s.”
Here's what McDonald's has sent in response to GayNZ.com:
"We're a family restaurant chain, and as part of offering this new Free WiFi service, our policy is that viewed content must be of a family friendly nature, i.e.- suitable for a child to view.
Because of this, access to a number of websites is blocked, including access to gaynz.com gambling, tobacco and adult mature content websites. We stress that all the content of allowable sites must meet family friendly criteria.
By this we mean a child cannot access a website where they can click on any content, link or third party advertisement and access sexually explicit content and images.
You will also appreciate that there are inevitably teething problems with the introduction of a new service and getting our filtering process right is one such issue."
McDonald's has said they'll review the sites that customers have complained about, but we have our suspicions that these sites will remain blocked.
Not Cool AT ALL, McDonalds.
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