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Facebook’s Free Basics App Has Been Temporarily Banned in India

An anonymous reader writes that Facebook’s plan to provide Indians with free access to a number of chosen internet services has run into some big trouble. FC reports: “Indian telecom regulators have reportedly halted Facebook’s “Free Basics” mobile Internet service, formerly known as Internet.org, over net neutrality concerns. The controversial program allows mobile customers free access to a limited set of Internet services, including certain online shopping, employment and health sites, Wikipedia and, naturally, Facebook itself. While Facebook has said the program offers limited Internet access to more than 1 billion people, those who might otherwise have none, it’s come under fire from net neutrality activists and others in the industry who say it limits users to a walled garden populated solely by Facebook’s partners.


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