New Delhi: After facing criticism for launching internet.org, as it is seen violating the principle of Net neutrality, Facebook now started selling old wine in a new bottle by rebranding its internet.org programme to "Free Basics" and promoting in among users.
Facebook is pushing internet.org as 'free basics' cleverly to Indian users. Users who log on Facebook are getting notifications from their friends urging them to send a 'pre-written' message to TRAI, “in support of digital equality in India.”
This tactic of facebook is misleading, directed to kill net nuterality in India. Users who are unaware of this clever branding will end up sending thousands and millions of e-mails to TRAI in support of Internet.org.
Facebook urging users to send an e-mail to the Telecom Regulatory of India (TRAI) their name and other details.
The pre-written message which Facebook users are gullibly sending to TRAI is:
“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 1 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. Thank you.”
Facebook is just trying to play on the fact that most of the users click the like button on its platform without reading or understanding the complete picture.
Users must know that if they send out this e-mail to TRAI then it would be counted against Net Neutrality and if favor of Internet.org and Free Basics.