Everyone is aware of ‘Free
Free Basics is nothing but the rebranding of ‘Internet.org’ with a few changes. Internet.org too was a campaign initiated by Facebook. In simple terms, Free Basics is a program by Facebook where a deal is made with Telecom Operators like Reliance etc. to support Telecom companies with millions of customers, who won’t be charged for the services rendered by these companies. To be precise, it can be described as free access to a handful of websites from the Internet. These websites are curated by Facebook. They may include websites affiliated with health-care, education, public services etc. chosen by Facebook. Facebook is not charging these websites anything to apply or get approved. Facebook isn’t even charging anything to the customers. The first look at this seems like a generous and philanthropist effort by Facebook. But the devil is in the details.
In short, Free Basics will only provide the websites that Facebook wants its users to see and not those websites that the user intends to. Recently, some IIT Faculty issued a joint statement in which Free Basics was termed as “misleading and flawed”. They asked TRAI to intervene and disallow its launch in India. The statement issued by IIT Professors was: “Free Basics is a lethal combination which will lead to
This is neither ‘Free’ nor ‘Basic’. The term ‘Free’ is an a marketing gimmick – we all know that if a comb is free with hair oil, then the comb’s cost is somehow recovered. Similarly, when Facebook curates the websites it includes in Free Basics, Facebook is paid. The term ‘Basics’ is also a trick because Free Basics only includes websites which are handpicked by Facebook which may or may not be Basic websites at all.
Free Basics opposes Net neutrality to the core but uses the term Digital Equality while advertising. There is no equality because only
The Father of the World Wide Web, the Internet as we mostly know it, Tim Berners-Lee, has issued a statement about ‘Free Basics’. “In the particular case of somebody who’s offering … something which is branded
Long story short, ‘Free Basics’ is Facebook’s attempt at creating a strong monopoly, enhancing the stability of the company while they’re at it. However, popular publishing sites have successfully managed to create an awareness among the masses with regard to this issue with a view to
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