Facebook Clarifies That There is No Connection Between Tricoloured DP and Internet.org
The whole media fraternity including us believed that the html code underneath Tricoloured Facebook DP has a bit that contains the word internet.org. It came from a Reddit post that this means changing your DP to support Digital India will automatically pledge your support for Internet.org
On Monday night, a Facebook official has confirmed that there is no connection between the tricolour DP and Internet.org saying –
“There is absolutely no connection between updating your profile picture for digital India and Internet.org. An engineer mistakenly used the words “Internet.org profile picture” as a shorthand name he chose for part of the code. But this product in no way connects to or registers support for Internet.org. We are changing the code today to eliminate any confusion.”
While if this new development is making you feel good that Facebook is supporting Digital India by a cool tricoloured image, then you should know that Facebook’s new initiative called internet.org is actually is a blow to internet freedom and net neutrality.
Facebook is in collaboration with 6 companies, namely, Samsung, Ericsson, Media Tek, Opera Software Nokia and Qualcomm planning to provide free internet services to developing countries. The free internet service in India will be available only to Reliance users, since the partnership is with Reliance. And the “free access” will only be to Facebook and its 50 partner sites, which is nothing but manipulating internet users with a carrot-stick tactic. Everyone loves free internet, which is why users will limit their internet usage to sites that are free. Now this is giving unprecedented monopoly to Facebook and its 50 partner sites to manipulate what we see on the internet.
And this will mean the death of startups, a culture that is booming in India. No small company or website can possibly compete with a biggie like Facebook that is providing free internet. The mushrooming of a zillion new businesses, especially indigenous, will simply be impossible. Imagine what would have happened if the British had priced English goods at dirt-cheap rates; yes, death of indigenous business. Classic case of big fish eliminating small fish.
Some time back, when the country had risen in support of net neutrality signing petitions to save it, big players like The Times of India and NDTV had pulled out of internet.org citing the violation of net neutrality.
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