Search giant Google has quit the Facebook’s zero rated platform Free Basics (renamed from Internet.org ) Google had signed up for Internet.org in Zambia in July 2014, and according to a Facebook representative, had been live on the platform as of two weeks ago.
Last month TRAI also tells that the responses to support Free Basics doesn’t match in Numbers.
According to Google had not partnership with Free Basics but Google was included for initial period; which was first launched in Zambia.
Google’s official confirmation of it no longer being present of FreeBasics comes a couple of weeks since then, indicating that over the last two weeks, Google has moved out of FreeBasics. On being asked by MediaNama, the Google spokesperson declined to comment on when exactly they left Internet.org/FreeBasics, but confirmed that they are no longer live on the platform.
Zero Rating of individual sites and platforms is a violation of Net Neutrality, since it allows telecom operators to make some sites or platforms cheaper to access than others. Google exiting FreeBasics follows a statement in favor of Net Neutrality by Google CEO Sundar Pichai on his India trip; when asked about his views on Net Neutrality, Pichai told The Economic Times that:
“Net neutrality has been hugely critical to the way Internet has developed. The Internet has been a level playing field and I don’t think we would be here today and have a strong, free and open Internet without net neutrality.
We’re very committed to it. Google benefitted a lot from having strong net neutrality in place. As we all evolve over time, it’s really important that the core principles of fair and open Internet, which is very, very pro-users…Those principles need to stay.”
Facebook’s Activity to Spread in India
Facebook is trying to spread into deeper parts of India and for the same is partnering with various organisations. For this they have partners with BSNL and providing Free Wifi in rural India.
Also considering the Indian situation Facebook has implemented the News Feed for slower connections.
The other initiative includes Facebook Work Chat which is not yet arrived in India but Facebook is planning to have it in India.