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Internet.org gives free access to over 800 mn: Zuckerberg

Amid a raging debate on Facebook's Internet.org initiative violating net neutrality, its CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday said the platform has made free basic internet services available to over 800 million people in nine countries, including India.

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| Updated on: Apr 23 2015, 23:40 IST
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Amid a raging debate on Facebook's Internet.org initiative violating net neutrality, its CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday said the platform has made free basic internet services available to over 800 million people in nine countries, including India.

Internet.org is a Facebook-led initiative which states that it aims to bring five billion people online in partnership with tech giants like Samsung and Qualcomm. But, the social networking site's partnership with Reliance Communications in India to provide free internet access to 33 websites as part of the initiative has raised a debate on net neutrality.

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'Internet.org, our effort to connect everyone in the world to the Internet, continues to gather momentum. We've now made free basic internet services available to over 800 million people in nine countries,' said Zuckerberg during a Q1-earnings call. He added that over seven million people, who weren't connected to the internet before, now use Internet.org to get online. Earlier, he has defended that programmes such as Internet.org can co-exist with net neutrality norms.

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First Published Date: 23 Apr, 23:38 IST
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