LinkNYC said it is suspending web browsing on all its tablets after eight months due to “inappropriate behaviour”. Some users have been monopolising the Link tablets and using them inappropriately, preventing others from being able to use them while frustrating the residents and businesses around them,” the company writes in a statement.
If they are not watching porn they are listening to “loud, explicit” music.
LinkNYC is working with city officials to come up with potential solutions, like time limits, so that it can allow users to browse the web once more. Until it sorts out a cunning plan people can only use the tablets to make calls and look at maps.
“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 are removing web browsing on all Link tablets while we work with the City and community to explore potential solutions, like time limits. Other tablet features—free phone calls, maps, device charging, and access to 311 and 911—will continue to work as they did before, and nothing is changing about LinkNYC’s superfast Wi-Fi. As planned, we will continue to improve the Link experience and add new features for people to enjoy while they’re on the go.”