Telstra removes pornographic promotions from Bigpond site after emails from customers
‘We have been hearing from www.collectiveshout.org supporters for some time about Telstra’s BigPond site. One Telstra customer contacted us in 2011 saying that she found it disturbing how every time she accessed news or the internet on her prepaid phone, Girls Gone Wild and Playboy was “generally the first thing” she saw.
Another customer was confronted with ‘Hot babes direct to U’ and ‘Naughty Half Naked girls’ every time she used mobile phone banking:…
Others have shared similar frustrations and were told by Telstra that there was no way to opt out of the porn ads. Complaints to Telstra had fallen on deaf ears.’….. Read more Win! Telstra removes porn from Bigpond site
And here is the win! We do have the power to promote positive change when we speak up about the exploitation of women and reject being forced to live in a pornified culture.
‘Following negative media and complaints, Telstra has now announced the removal of pornography from their BigPond Website.
As reported by Ruth Limkin on her website Bread and Justice, Telstra CEO David Thodey had this to say:
“Recently, I received emails from customers about content promoted on our BigPond website. Those customers thought we shouldn’t promote adult-orientated movies or videos that objectify women.
I have to agree. We have therefore decided that we will no longer promote access to adult-orientated content through our websites.
Let me put this decision in context. The content accessible via BigPond is mild compared to what’s available on the Internet. None of it had an ‘R’ rating. In fact, I’m assured you could find more explicit content at your local DVD shop or elsewhere in cyberspace.
However, this is not the real issue! Why, then, have we made this decision?
The simple answer is that promoting content such as this is just not the Telstra thing to do and we cannot support anything that is sexist or that is inconsistent with our values…. Read more Win! Telstra removes porn from Bigpond site
I’m not too sure on his idea of context here; I’ve never gone to do banking before and thought ‘gee some porn options would be nice while I check my balance’. But anyway, Telstra will no longer support nor promote sexist and pornographic content on their bigpond website. win!
Read Ruth’s Full Post Here breadandjustice.com/2012/04/23/why-telstra-deserves-a-trophy/