Facebook has launched its controversial Internet.org app as Free Basics, which as an app and website will allow users to access services at no data cost. ET Telecom reports that alongside this the social media giant is also experimenting with the Express Wi-Fi program to provide free wi-fi in rural India. Internet.org also includes initiatives like Facebook Connectivity Labs which is building drone technology to enhance the reach of the internet.
Free Basics, unlike its previous restricted avatar – internet.org – is partnering with over 60 services including English Dost, MeraDoctor and M-Kisan and developers can build app suited to Facebook’s specifications. Ime Archibong, Director- Product Partnerships at Facebook said,
We will have over 60 new developers and partners across 19 countries on Free Basics.”