FB co-founder defends Internet.org


London: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who has been vocal about a free Internet in the past, strongly defended the initiative in a status update on Friday. “Net neutrality is not in conflict with working to get more people connected,” he wrote. “We will never prevent people accessing other services, and we will not use fast lanes.”

Following the net neutrality row, some of India’s leading technology and Internet firms have 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 .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 along with Reliance Communications launch Internet.org in India in February, making India the first country in Asia to get the app. Facebook and other defenders argue Internet.org complements India’s efforts to bring more people online.

Over the past week in India, there has been a lot written about Internet.org and net neutrality. I’d like to share my…

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday, April 16, 2015

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