Porn Viewers Force Free WiFi Kiosks Offline.

New York City has been forced to take its LinkNYC kiosks offline because people were not using them in the way the city hoped.

Originally installed to provide quick online access for tourists and to provide Internet access to those who couldn’t afford WiFi, the 400 kiosks have turned into a hub for people wanting to use them to view pornography. Many of these individuals just took over the kiosks and didn’t allow others online and some were caught performing public indecent acts while watching.

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In a statement, LinkNYC said, “…some users have been monopolizing the Link tablets and using them inappropriately, preventing others from being able to use them while frustrating the residents and businesses around them. The kiosks were never intended for anyone’s extended, personal use and we want to ensure that Links are accessible and a welcome addition to New York City neighborhoods. Starting today, we will be removing web browsing on all Link tablets while we work with the City and community to explore potential solutions, like time limits.”

Users will still be able to make phone calls, look at maps, and charge devices.

Spotify Passes 40 Million Paid Subscribers

Music streaming service Spotify has passed the 40 million paid subscriber mark. Combined with those subscribing to their free service, they have 100 million total subscribers.

Competitors like  Apple Music ( 17 million subscribers) and Tidal (3 million subscribers) are lagging far behind.

Companies Face Big Fines For Tracking Kids Online

Three companies have agreed to pay nearly a million dollars in fines to the State of New York for gathering information about kids who visited their websites.

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Jumpstar, Viacom, Hasbro, and Mattel were found to have been tracked kids visiting sites for Barbie, Hot Wheels, Fisher-Price, Nickelodeon, and Neopets sites (among others). Hasbro managed to avoid being fined.

The companies all agreed to not do it again and pay closer attention to their websites.

~ Cynthia