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In New York, free Wi-Fi stations were disconnected because people used them to watch porn

Alphabet Sidewalk Labs subsidiary has suspended the ability to view web pages using free Wi-Fi stations LinkNYC due to inappropriate user behavior.

The company’s official statement says the decision was made because of “some users who monopolize points and use them in an inappropriate way.” Earlier it was reported that some residents of New York used the station with free Wi-Fi to watch porn and listen to music with profanity.

The creators of LinkNYC noted that most of the functions of the stations will continue: they can still be used to charge the phone, make a free call, or view a map. According to Sidewalk Labs, they are already working with city authorities on possible solutions to the problem.

LinkNYC is a project to replace payphones with special stations with free Wi-Fi, called LinkNYC-kiosks. For eight months of work in three districts of New York, 400 such points appeared.

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