LGBT web content blocked from Columbia Center’s free Wi-Fi

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The Columbia Center, Seattle’s tallest skyscraper, has reportedly blocked access to LGBT websites from the building’s free Wi-Fi. But the sites people are being barred from are not inappropriate or pornographic. In fact, among the list of forbidden sites is the It Gets Better Project, the teen suicide prevention organization.

The It Gets Better organization’s mission statement is “to communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them.” Call me crazy, but that doesn’t seem like anything the public needs protection from. So why the censorship?

Apparently, when you attempt to visit any “gay” website, the browser displays a message that reads “This is a known ‘sexual orientation’ web site which is blocked as specified by your web content filtering policy.”

So far there is no explanation for the bizarre ban and the CAC group—the Columbia Center’s commercial real estate manager—has made no comment.

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