P&G blocks Netflix, Pandora: Was it the right call?

This week, Procter & Gamble announced it was blocking employee access to the movie and music streaming sites because of bandwidth use. Is it the first step on a slippery slope?

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About half of U.S. employers block their employees from using social media sites, despite numerous reasons why they shouldn’t.

Procter & Gamble isn’t one of those companies, but this week, the household goods giant barred its 129,000 or so employees from accessing video-streaming site Netflix and music site Pandora.

Why? Employees were watching so many movies and listening to so many songs that it was “hobbling the company’s digital backbone” to the point of slowing down Internet service,” according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. The newspaper reports more than 50,000 YouTube videos were downloaded daily and employees listened to 4,000 hours of music a day on Pandora.

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