TORONTO, Ontario, October 1, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Java giant Tim Hortons kept right on blocking some of its patrons from reading LifeSiteNews for days after its spokespeople claimed the pro-life, pro-family news website was supposed to be accessible.
Last week, the iconic Canadian restaurant’s spokespeople claimed the company was no longer blocking LifeSiteNews from being accessed by patrons using Tim Hortons’ wifi service.
“The website you reference below has been cleared and should now be accessible. We are always reviewing the parameters and filters in place to ensure guest satisfaction,” said a company official who did not give his or her name.
That turned out to not be the case.
LifeSiteNews remained blocked in Tim Hortons restaurants until the next day. Wednesday, LifeSiteNews staff and readers checked in communities in New Brunswick, Alberta, and Ontario and determined the website was by then indeed accessible in Tim Hortons restaurants there.
On Thursday, LifeSiteNews reported the Tim Hortons blockade of its website had come to an end.
But it hadn't – at least, not everywhere.
In North Battleford, Saskatchewan, an attempt made to access LifeSiteNews at the local Tim Hortons proved to be unsuccessful Thursday at 7:20 a.m. local time.
The error message “Access Denied – Access to this page has been blocked due to inappropriate content” appeared instead.
Tim Hortons officials have not provided any explanation as to what it is that was deemed to be “inappropriate content” on LifeSiteNews. The company also failed to respond to explain Friday by deadline why the LifeSiteNews website was still blocked in at least one of its restaurants and maybe others.
Despite blocking the pro-life, pro-family LifeSiteNews website from being viewed by patrons using the free wifi service in its restaurants for months, that Tim Hortons wifi made readily available websites belonging to the Satanic Temple as well as the homosexual publication Xtra.
Other pro-life websites blocked by Tim Hortons' wifi service have included Birthright, a non-profit that helps women facing unplanned pregnancies, and ProLife.com.
The blocking of LifeSiteNews was first noticed by readers. They tried accessing LifeSiteNews in Tim Hortons throughout the country, from Victoria on Canada's West Coast through to the Maritimes and including Calgary and Toronto.
Tim Hortons spokespeople have blamed an unnamed, third-party vendor that supplies its wifi service for the snafu.