Facebook’s Free Basics has been on fire in India since its inception. First it started with internet.org but even it got a lot of negative response from experts all over the country as it was violating Net Neutrality. And now again Facebook has come up with Free Basics in collaboration with Reliance. Again all the experts started firing Free Basics as it was violation Net Neutrality in the country.
- If you are new here is everything you need to know about Net Neutrality.
In an attempt to save Free Basics from getting banned in India, Facebook came up with this strategy by sending notifications to all the people and signing up in support of Free Basics.
What does the notification say?
This notification is very persistent, and it comes whenever one of your friends signs up without his/her knowledge. A regular internet user who doesn’t has much knowledge about Net Neutrality and Free Basics tend to fall for it and signs up in support of Free Basics which you shouldn’t.
When you click on the notification you see a sign up page in support to Free Basics which reads as:
“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.”
Free Basics gives people access to vital services like communication, healthcare, education, job listings and farming information – all without data charges. 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.
But Free Basics is in danger in India. A small, vocal group of critics are lobbying to have Free Basics banned on the basis of net neutrality. Instead of giving people access to some basic internet services for free, they demand that people pay equally to access all internet services – even if that means 1 billion people can’t afford to access any services.
The TRAI is holding a public debate that will affect whether free basic internet services can be offered in India. Your voice is important for the 1 billion Indian people who are not yet connected and don’t have a voice on the internet.
Unless you take action now, India could lose access to free basic internet services, delaying progress towards digital equality for all Indians. Tell the TRAI you support Free Basics and digital equality in India.
Read the last line: “I support Free Basics – and digital equality for India.”
Facebook was taking an unfair advantage using this Campaign by fooling most of the people by setting up this trap. When a typical internet user gets this notification he/she might feel that their friends have supported the cause and they also tend to do the same thinking that they are doing it for a good reason which is not.
We guess by this time most of you people fell for this well planned trap. Now, visit Savetheinternet and sign petition to ban free basics completely and save Net Neutrality.
However, as per the latest news, Reliance was suggested to put Facebook’s Free Basics on Hold. Do let us know what do you think about this in your comments below.