“We’ve heard a great deal of concern from all corners of the city about the misuse of these kiosks for lewd and nefarious purposes, and today’s announcement that web browsing services will be disabled on LinkNYC kiosks is a step in the right direction. These kiosks and the connectivity they provide are key to bridging the digital divide in our city, and we must ensure that a handful of less-than-wholesome users do not threaten the success of the entire enterprise. Disabling web browsing will prevent the most objectionable uses of these kiosks and make our streets safer, while also preserving the best parts of the LinkNYC service.

“I thank the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications, as well as CityBridge, for listening to the issues raised by New York City residents regarding the use of these kiosks and making these positive adjustments. My office will continue to monitor the usage of these kiosks and looks forward to reviewing the results of these changes,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.