Facebook Is Promoting Internet.Org As “Save Free Basics” And People Are Not Happy

Many users logged on to Facebook today to find a message waiting for them from Free Basics. The simple and seemingly harmless message was asking them to do just one small thing: give consent for Free Basics to Telecom Regulation Authority of India (TRAI).

 

To make the appeal stronger, it had a humanitarian angle of how it will help connect billions of people to the Internet with just one email from your side to TRAI, without which it will get banned.

 

I hope you were not fooled by it.

 

Free Basics is just another name for Internet.org, against which many activist and the common public have been campaigning against for months. Negating the whole concept of ‘Net Neutrality‘ and giving the power of your Internet to just one platform, Free Basics can run over many entrepreneurial dreams before they even begin.

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In his last visit to India, Mark Zuckerberg had strongly campaigned for Internet.org in India and on December 9, the government asked public for their opinion on the issue.

 

The guerrilla tactics by Facebook managed to anger many people out there who are making sure that Free Basics does not become a reality in India. People took to Twitter to express their dissent:

 

Posts like these are becoming common on Facebook with people campaigning against Free Basics and people sought to mediums like Reddit to spread the message:

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With just two weeks remaining for the Facebook campaign to end and TRAI to exercise a decision on the issue, let’s make sure #NetNeutrality lives.