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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Facebook Criticized for Its Program to Promote Internet

Facebook Criticized for Its Program to Promote Internet

Facebook Criticized for Its Program to Promote Internet

Added: Saturday, May 30th, 2015
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extratorrent.cc, 2015
Digital rights groups all over the world criticized Internet.org, Facebook’s initiative to expand Internet access in the developing world. The rights groups claim that Facebook fails to promote net neutrality alongside expanding access.


The critics argue that the social network is simply creating a space where the poorest people will be able to access a limited set of insecure websites, while being advertised as providing access to the full Internet.

First of all, Facebook is criticized for lacking net neutrality (treating online connections equal regardless of what content is being sent over them). While Facebook claims it supports net neutrality, it instead favors certain services over others. For example, Internet.org encourages “zero rating” websites, cooperating with website operators to make accessing their website free of charge on metered Internet connections.

In addition, the rights groups also argue that the Facebook’s initiative poses problems for Internet privacy and security, because new Internet users may not understand how their data will be used. Moreover, Internet.org does not allow using basic web encryption like SSL or TLS, which puts users at risk, as their traffic will be vulnerable to attacks or eavesdropping.

In other words, the critics are trying to say that Internet.org created “a two-tier Internet”. While Facebook’s model gives users a taste of connectivity before prompting them to pay for it, it still fails to acknowledge the economic reality for people who can’t afford it.

Last month, Facebook directly addressed criticism from India over the concept of zero-rating, which claimed that offering some services for free is against net neutrality principles. Facebook argued that it is useful to offer some services for free. For people, is always better to have some access than none at all.

The social network admits that it and its critics share a common vision of helping poor people gain access to the worldwide web. Facebook believes that as more and more people gain access to the Internet, they will like it and want to use additional services. This is why Facebook has worked with operators to offer basic services to people for free, being sure that new users will agree to pay for more diverse, valuable services.

Posted by:  SuperAdmin
Date:  Saturday, May 30th, 2015

Comments (4) (please add your comment »)

posted by Site FriendET junkieET lovermenSunTurtle (2015-05-30 15:46:09)
Sammy1968 avatarWhere do I sign up for free Internet?

posted by (2015-06-01 01:56:35)
Turbowater avatarFacebook is part of the US governments PRISM program why anyone would use the service at this point is beyond me. As for this it's business as usual exploit the poor in the name of helping them, that not charity it's profiteering.

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET loverSupermanmen (2015-06-01 23:33:02)
analogkid6103 avatarSounds like they gonna turn the inet into a basic cable trip,with different levels of sites(channels).
And I am now going to be violently sick.
This idea is the same as going to a famine stricken area and taking crates of chocolate flavored Exlax and giving it to the starving just to see how it goes.
And next up they go where there is no water and bring them plenty of nice seawater to quench the thirst.
So wrong, it will probably happen though. No doubt by enemies of file sharing. Or reality show producers.

posted by Site FriendET junkieET lovermenSunTurtle (2015-06-02 07:41:12)
Sammy1968 avatarMy comment was a joke. @Turbowater I agree.

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