McDonald's has come under fire in New Zealand for blocking access to gay websites on the free Wi-Fi available at restaurants. The banned sites included GayNZ, PFLAG, and Rainbow Youth.
The company responded that it uses filtering software to be sure pages viewed at its locations are "child-friendly."
Following media coverage, the chain unblocked Rainbow Youth and PFLAG but refused to budge on GayNZ.com, saying some of the advertisements placed on the site by third parties are not "friendly" to children or families.
GayNZ was a finalist last year in the Qantas Media Awards in the investigative-journalism category.