Facebook's "free" Internet offers no security or privacy2015-05-06 10:10 by Daniela
Tags: Facebook, Internet.org
Facebook has launched Internet.org to try to bring free Internet access to people in emerging economies who can't afford it. However, it turns out that the otherwise "free" service has actually a price. Several aspects of the "open platform" Internet.org show that it's not really very open at all.
"We may share information such as your phone number or data usage with your mobile operator so we can provide and improve our services, and to enable us and your operator to understand how you are using and interacting with Internet.org and the carrier's products and services."
Facebook has also been criticized that it only allows access to its social network and a very limited number of websites through Internet.org platform, which is actually not a free access to the world wide web. To respond to the critics, the company has opened up its program to developers, allowing them to create third-party Internet services and apps using the website's platform.
"It's not philanthropy," says Nikil Pahwa, part of the activist group SavetheInternet.in. "It isn't giving people access to the internet. It's giving people access to only Facebook and a few other sites. This a move by Facebook to become even more dominant. "It's a very dangerous thing for the entire world, not just India, because Facebook is not the internet. The internet is millions of sites and we must preserve that diversity."
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