New York pulls the plug on public internet after kiosks are used for porn

New York pulls the plug on public internet after kiosks are used for porn
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Want to know why we can’t have nice things? Because apparently, the public  — or at least parts of New York — is not to be trusted.

Eight months after the appearance of the first LinkNYC hubs, which are  — or were — internet kiosks meant to help bring the Big Apple into the 21st century, the city has taken a step back. Some of these kiosks were not used to “save data on their mobile plans, call relatives across the country, and get a much-needed quick charge” as they were originally intended. Instead, they were used to watch pornography.

Per an announcement from the LinkNYC team, “We … know that 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.” Which, as it turns out, they were not, particularly along Manhattan’s 8th Avenue, where abuse of the kiosks was particularly rampant.

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