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Facebook throws weight behind saving Free Basics in India

  • Social media giant
    Facebook has started an aggressive campaign in India to garner public support for
    its free internet platform, ‘Free Basics’, the
    Press Trust of India said in a report.
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  • Free Basics by
    Facebook is a first step to connecting one billion Indians to jobs, education,

    • Social media giant
      Facebook has started an aggressive campaign in India to garner public support for
      its free internet platform, ‘Free Basics’, the
      Press Trust of India said in a report.
    •  
    • Free Basics by
      Facebook is a first step to connecting one billion Indians to jobs, education,
      and opportunities online, and ultimately a better future. But Free Basics is at
      risk of being banned, slowing progress towards digital equality in India, said
      Facebook in its latest advertisement around Free Basics.
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    • When contacted, a
      Facebook spokesperson said, “This campaign gives people the opportunity to
      support digital equality in India.
      It lets people speak in support of the one billion people in India who
      remain unconnected, and lets them participate in the public debate that is
      being held by the Trai on differential pricing for data services. And it gives
      them the opportunity to support Free Basics.”
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    • Facebook claimed that
      in a recent representative poll, 86% of Indians supported Free Basics, and the
      idea that everyone deserves access to free basic Internet services.
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    • Besides an online
      campaign to send e-mail to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, the
      social network has continued with full page advertisements in leading
      newspapers.
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    • Advertisements have also
      been seen at public places, with a toll-free number where people can give a missed
      call to register their support for Free Basics.

     

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