Free Basics from Facebook is shutdown in India

Facebook started this thing called Internet.org (once upon a time), later renaming it to Free Basics.

Here’s a little promo video on the service:

Later on, they found themselves in hot water, Facebook that is, because the way in which they were providing the service. They were working with internet services and telecoms to provide only the services that made it into the program to those Free Basics’ users.

Example: If Google was the only search engine that made it in, then Google was the only search engine you had as part of the program. Meaning, people in the Free Basics program couldn’t choose another search engine like Bing for example, if they wanted.

The more you think about that example, and start applying it to any and all internet services, you realize there’s a problem.

Today India, in the name of net neutrality, has effectively banned Facebook’s Internet.org/Free Basics.

Below is a nice write-up from TechCrunch on the issue:

The project was ill-conceived and showed a lack of understanding of India’s culture and values. Mark Zuckerberg surely had good intentions in wanting to…

Source: Free Basics And Facebook’s Waterloo In India

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