updated 04:15 pm EST, Fri February 6, 2009
Apple on Facebook ban
There is no universal policy in place against Facebook access in Apple Stores, investigation is said to show. Reports began to circulate on Friday that Apple was imposing a complete ban on Facebook, as a means of deterring people from loitering for the sole purpose of Internet access. Although bans on Facebook (as well as MySpace) have been put into place in Richmond and Los Angeles stores, Palo Alto and Washington DC locations continue to allow social networking sites.
Apple has imposed complete bans on websites in the past, most notably MySpace, which in May 2007 was blocked in every Apple Store chain. Current actions however are believed to be limited to individual managers, attempting to control foot traffic while ensuring that shoppers wanting to test a Mac, iPhone or iPod can find an open model.