“Facebook’s mission is to make the world better connected and Internet.org’s purpose is to connect two-thirds of the world, which is not connected at the moment. Research has shown that for every billion people you connect, you lift a 100 million out of poverty. We have shown that we have brought 8 million people online,” Chris Daniels, VP – Products at Internet.org said in an interview to Financial Express.
According to Daniels, Internet.org can serve as an excellent platform for millions of consumers who look for services that are of value to them personally. Users can come online, find services and access them very easily. What makes the platform all the more effective is that the developers are given a set of guidelines so that it is compliant, approved and able to be searched by the user.
However, what remains unchanged is that neither the social network giant nor the developer is paying to be a part of Internet.org.
Facebook has for now opened up the site in nine countries including India.
Amidst heated debates over the issue in India, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has indicated that it is imperative to have net neutrality and programmes that bring more people online. The social media platform has long been advocating the use of Internet.org as it believes that apart from providing many basic services on the Internet, it speeds the pace of bringing people online.
“Our goal has always been to put in as many basic services as possible with Internet.org. We have been following closely the discussion in India, and Mark (Zuckerberg) wrote on Monday. We believe in net neutrality strongly, but we also believe that programmes that bring people online need to co-exist. The feedback from India was about greater consumer choice and more developers joining the programme,” Daniel said. Zuckerberg denied that Internet.org was against the principles of Net Neutrality and said the platform co-exists with the rules.
Daniels says the strongest interpretation of net neutrality is that there should not be any free services at all, but as reflected in Zuckerberg’s opinion, it is necessary to bring people online. “There are no ads in Facebook on the Internet.org version. One needs to be a (data) paying user to see ads on Facebook. The operators make money by selling service packages,” he added.