Facebook to bring its internet.org free-limited access to Pakistan?

Published: May 28, 2015
After the launch of internet.org, Pakistan will become the seventh country to have this program.

After the launch of internet.org, Pakistan will become the seventh country to have this program.

Facebook is apparently all set to launch its “internet.org” in Pakistan in collaboration with local telecom partner, Telenor, reported ProPakistani.

At an event planned for Thursday, where the official announcement of the launch is expected to be made, officials from both organisations will reveal their future plans regarding internet.org in Pakistan.

Internet.org is a global initiative by Facebook where selected websites are made available to users for free. It has been developed with the basic aim at developing markets where devices and data rates are beyond the reach of commoners.

After the launch of internet.org, Pakistan will become the seventh country to have this facility, while the service is expected to reach at least 100 countries by the end of next year.

The social media giant, after partnering with different telecom companies and content providers, would make certain selected websites available free of cost to their consumers.

It was also revealed that the Facebook’s contract arrangement will not be exclusive in nature, hence other operators will also be allowed to join the program.

Under the program, customers are expected to get access to as many as 20 website for free.

The internet.org programme, however, has been criticised by the internet activists for its partiality and violation of net neutrality as only certain sites, including Facebook, while charging for rest of the sites. The also blame that the program is either intentionally or unintentionally “killing the rest of internet” as only selected content on the internet will be promoted, which can be dangerous in the long run since not everyone can become part of the program.

Though any publisher can apply to become part of internet.org program, but not everyone’s application is accepted as they have to follow certain rules/guidelines which might even mean compromising on the quality of their content.

The article originally appeared on ProPakistani.pk

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Reader Comments (8)

  • pakilullamaakaMulla
    May 28, 2015 - 7:54AM

    pakistan dont need this…our holy book will give us all knowledgeRecommend

  • Jamal
    May 28, 2015 - 10:26AM

    Stay away from this. Facebook wants to limit the Internet for Pakistanis so that they can only viewd a handful of sites. We need net neutrality where all sites are treated equal. Not a filtered Internet through Facebook.

    This move by Telenor and Facebook will kill Pakistani businesses who will not be visible to free Internet users.

    Pakistanis need to experience the full variety of the Internet so that Pakistani businesses are also visible to Pakistanis. Recommend

  • Raymond
    May 28, 2015 - 3:41PM

    Internet.org has been launched in Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Colombia, Ghana, India, Philippines, Guatemala, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Malawi.

    Should recheck before quoting Pakistan as seventh!Recommend

  • KillItBeforeItLaysEggs
    May 28, 2015 - 5:40PM

    We dont need Facebook’s internet programme, it is a violation of the concept of the free internet and will instead become increasingly expensive than even other options, and facebook, being capital intensive, will force it’s competitors (even actually good-willed ones) out of the market.Recommend

  • Imdad
    May 28, 2015 - 7:21PM

    That will be available on the mobile phones, not on the computers. People will benefit because mobile companies are charging hefty amounts for the data bandwidth on the phones. Yes, those companies will lose that kind of revnue. We should welcome that move.Recommend

  • mantharia
    May 29, 2015 - 11:45AM

    it is a very good idea , will help our young generation with no burden on pocket to connect . A big Thankyou to all involved in it .Recommend

  • Rayan
    May 29, 2015 - 1:42PM

    Instead of cooking up conspiracy theories, Pakistanis should be thanking Facebook for bringing internet to the poor. Recommend

  • zeeshan ali
    Jul 9, 2015 - 10:45PM

    this is goodRecommend

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