Net Neutrality Row: Flipkart pulls out of Airtel Zero

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New Delhi: After a huge fiasco on social media over the decision to partner with Airtel for Airtel Zero, the leading online site, Flipkart has now pulled out of the program. The decision on the part of Flipkart comes after India had raises quite a few question in the net neutrality issue on Monday.

 Flipkart, in an emailed statement, said, “We will be walking away from the ongoing discussions with Airtel for their platform Airtel Zero. We will be committing ourselves to the larger cause of net neutrality in India.”

Launched last week, Airtel Zero has drawn ire from users and experts across the country for violating the principles of net neutrality as the platform offers access to some apps and is seen as not being equal to all. Airtel Zero is an open-marketing platform that allows customers to access a variety of mobile applications for free, with the data charges being paid by the companies owning the application.

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