Facebook’s Internet.org continues to face massive backlash! Turns out, Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web said ‘just say no’ to Facebook’s Internet.org or ‘Free Basics’.

Facebook’s controversial initiative is accused of violating net neutrality. Recently, Facebook rebrand the product and now calls it ‘Free Basics’.

In an interview with TheGuardian, Berners-Lee said, “In the particular case of somebody who’s offering … something which is branded internet, it’s not internet, then you just say no. No it isn’t free, no it isn’t in the public domain, there are other ways of reducing the price of internet connectivity and giving something … (only) giving people data connectivity to part of the network deliberately, I think is a step backwards.”

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg calls his pet project Internet.org a way to help bring the world (especially emerging markets with remote areas without Internet access) online. Besides India, Internet.org has also been launched in other emerging countries like Colombia, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya and Ghana.

The stated objective is to help developing countries overcome challenges ranging from infrastructure to affordability to help large tracts of their populations gain access to the Internet.

Publish date: October 12, 2015 7:45 pm| Modified date: October 12, 2015 7:53 pm

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