Tim Hortons apologizes after blocking gay news site
Members of Toronto's LGBTQ community had cause for concern and, in some cases, outrage yesterday after it was discovered that the gay news site Dailyxtra.com was blocked in Tim Hortons locations. Xtra asked that Tim's reverse the block and make the site accessible to its customers. Publisher and editor-in-chief Brandon Matheson said Tim Hortons wrote the magazine and told them the site wasn't "appropriate for all ages viewing in a public environment."
Tim Hortons did the right thing after the fact, though. After The Star and other outlets began reporting on the story, Tim Hortons apologized, agreeing to restore access to Dailyxtra.com in their stores. They chalked the incident up to what they say was a misunderstanding on the part of their third-party WiFi vendor.
"We're working on unblocking your site. It never should have been blocked in the first place," Tim Hortons told Xtra. They added that the initial statement about the appropriateness of the site doesn't represent Tim Hortons' viewpoints. Xtra accepted the apology. "Tim Hortons has resolved the situation properly," Matheson told The Canadian Press.
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