MUMBAI: A group of India’s leading technology and internet firms has pulled out of Internet.org, Facebook’s flagship effort to get billions more online, in a growing debate over free access and internet neutrality in the country. Net neutrality is the concept that all websites on the internet are treated equally. The debate over access and neutrality has grabbed headlines in India this week after leading telecom carrier Bharti Airtel announced a product through which mobile ‘app’ makers pay for data usage to allow customers to use their apps for free.
Facebook’s Internet.org initiative, which offers free access to a selection of internet services, has met severe resistance from digital firms in India. Initially, about 40 services had signed up for the initiative but most of them later abandoned the service and favoured net neutrality. Mark Zuckerberg today fought back in a statement on his Facebook page saying that net neutrality is not in conflict with working to get more people connected.
Mark Zuckerberg today announced the launch of the Internet.org service in Indonesia on his official Facebook account. Indonesia had been a pilot country for this program last October, which attempts to make it easier for people in countries which still lag behind in terms of internet penetration to access the web. In this pilot, Facebook was working together with operators and developers to find ways to make transfer of data more efficient.
NEW YORK: “Disagreeing” with critics of the zero-rating concept, which allows Facebook-led initiative Internet.org to deliver free basic internet services in several countries including India, its founder Mark Zuckerberg today said universal connectivity and net neutrality “can and must” coexist. Zuckerberg’s comments come amid a raging debate that such plans lead to violation of the principle of Net neutrality in India, with partners in his dream initiative Internet.org leaving the portal.
MANILA, Philippines – Subscribers of Talk ‘N Text, Smart, and Sun Cellular can now access a suite of mobile Internet services for free through Facebook’s Internet.org app, which made its Southeast Asian debut in the Philippines last Wednesday. Subscribers with a data-capable device can access Facebook, Facebook Messenger plus 22 other websites — providing news, health, weather, and other services – by downloading the Internet.org application on Google Play or visiting http://www.Internet.org on their mobile browser. They can get more information by texting INTERNET to 9999.
After rolling out the service in six countries since 2014, Facebook today announced the availability of the Internet.org app for millions of people in the Philippines. The app provides mobile phone users free access to basic internet services related to education, health, employment, communication, and information and news. This means Filipinos will now be able to browse Wikipedia for information, read the Inquirer for news updates, check the weather using Accuweather, look for jobs on Jobstreet, chat with friends on Facebook and more – without data charges. However, it’s limited to a bunch of curated sites that Facebook has chosen.
BARCELONA: Taking on social networking giant Facebook’s ambitious ‘free internet’ plans, telecom major Bharti Airtel chief Sunil Mittal has said the companies should do ‘philanthropy’ if they stop charging for mobile internet. Facebook has launched an ‘internet.org’ initiative under which users can access internet free of charge for select websites if they come through a partner telecom operator.
We just launched Internet.org in India — giving people in six Indian states access to free basic internet services for health, education, jobs and communication. Over the last year we’ve rolled out Internet.org free basic services to countries with more than 150 million people total across Africa and Latin America. More than 6 million people are already connected to the internet who previously weren’t, and we’ve started hearing incredible stories about how the internet is changing lives and communities.
MUMBAI: Facebook is set to launch internet.org, an initiative to provide internet access to those who don’t have it, in India through a tie-up with Reliance Communications, two people familiar with the development said. The social media giant and India’s fourth largest mobile operator have called a joint press conference in Mumbai on Tuesday for, what the invite says, “one launch that will make a billion dreams take off”.
NEW DELHI: Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the firm would create and launch a mobile application devoted to Clean India, during a conversation where they discussed the PM’s pet projects such as Digital India and his hopes to use the networking site’s use for social causes and prevent its misuse by terror outfits. Zuckerberg told the Prime Minister that he is extremely excited about the government’s Digital India initiative. Modi, a prolific user of social media platforms with nearly 7 million followers on Twitter and around 23 million people following him on Facebook, has asked Zuckerberg to identify domains of the program that it can get involved in and work with the government.
Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg kicked off his India visit today with a startling stat: 69 percent of Indians have no clue how the internet can help them. Zuckerberg shared this stark evidence of a digital divide during an address at the Internet.org Summit in New Delhi. Internet.org was founded by Facebook, Samsung, and several other groups, with a mission to bring internet access to under-served regions and people. As part of this initiative, Zuckerberg today launched a US$1 million fund for apps in numerous Indian languages for farmers and various social services. Internet.org will conduct a contest to pick the apps to back.
Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook who is visiting India, is on a mission to get more and more Indians online. In his keynote address, Zuckerberg talked about how he plans to get millions of Indians online. During an interaction, he also talked about net neutrality, starting up, privacy and meeting Prime Minister Modi. The thing I am really excited about is the Prime Minister’s whole Digital India initiative.
At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona yesterday, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg stated that the number of people in the Philippines using mobile web connections has doubled since Facebook’s partnership with local telco Globe Telecom started. Last October, Globe started giving subscribers free access to Facebook through their mobile phones. This was a partnership the telco and Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) inked as part of Zuckerberg’s Internet.org initiative to get more people connected to the Internet.