Facebook’s campaign to ‘save’ Free Basics in India draws flak

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Facebook has started a campaign asking its 125 million Indian users to send an email in support of its controversial Free Basics platform, which was previously known as as Internet.org.

From today morning, Facebook users started getting notifications from friends urging them to send a pre-written message to India’s telecom regulator TRAI to ‘save’ Free Basics and ‘achieve’ digital equality’ in India.

The text of the mesage reads as follows: “To, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, I support digital equality for India. Free Basics provides free access to essential internet services like communication, education, healthcare, employment, farming and more. It helps those who can’t afford to pay for data, or who need a little help getting started online. And it’s open to all people, developers and mobile operators. With one billion Indian people not yet connected, shutting down Free Basics would hurt our country’s most vulnerable people. I support Free Basics — and digital equality for India. Read more…

More about Facebook, India, Social Media, Internet.Org, and Internet.Org. Mark Zuckerberg

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