High profile Facebook project faces trouble in India

Mark Zuckerburg, the CEO of Facebook, is taking his project of Internet.org to India, but he faces

Mark Zuckerburg, CEO of Facebook Courtesy of Creative Commons

Mark Zuckerburg, CEO of Facebook
Courtesy of Creative Commons

trouble in relation to possibly undermining net neutrality.

The idea of Internet.org is a free internet service provider that allows people who cannot pay for internet to receive basic access to specific apps.

With assistance from the mobile operators and local government, Facebook will choose the apps that will go on Internet. org such as health information and job listings.

It is a project by Facebook to bring the Internet to the developing worlds. Although India decided to “pull out,” according to USA Today, Zuckerberg continued to defend Internet.org.

Net neutrality became a big deal in India just the past week due to a leading mobile carrier that announced an app that allows mobile app makers the ability to pay for data usage for their apps so customers may use them for free.

Critics on the other hand, believed otherwise toward this project. In the Hindustan Times, a paper common in India, a critic wrote, “Internet.org is ‘Zuckerberg’s ambitious project to confuse hundreds of millions of emerging market users into thinking that Facebook and the Internet are one and the same.”

“Net neutrality is not in conflict with working to get more people connected,” the Facebook CEO wrote and was stated by USA Today. “These two principles — universal connectivity and net neutrality — can and must coexist.”

The project has already been released to the Reliance network and in Indonesia to the Indosat Network.


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