In Response to Net Neutrality Debate, Facebook Opens Internet.org for Developers
In an effort to allow more people experience the benefits of being online, Facebook has made the internet.org platform open for developers today. The online social networking service wants the developers to host and create services that integrate with its free Internet access site. This will give people more choice over the free basic services they currently use.
Facebook made a statement –
Our goal with Internet.org is to work with as many developers and entrepreneurs as possible to extend the benefits of connectivity to diverse, local communities. To do this, we’re going to offer services through Internet.org in a way that’s more transparent and inclusive.
The services would be basic website services introduced to people to the value of internet. These low bandwidth websites will be built to optimize browsing on both feature and smartphones.
Facebook further added to its statement, “These websites are very simple and data efficient, so operators can offer these for free in an economically sustainable way. Websites do not pay to be included, and operators don’t charge developers for the data people use for their services.” Facebook has laid down the parameters and guidelines for developers to create apps and services.
This action by Facebook comes after drawing a lot of flack and criticism for its service, Internet.org. Facebook was blamed to stand against the idea of Net Neutrality. So the initiative of making Internet.org open for developers and content makers might reinstate Facebook’s image on free internet debate.
Internet.org was launched in India in the month of February with 33 content and service providers. It is currently offered non-exclusively on Reliance Communications network.
In less than a year, Internet.org has brought more than 7 million people online and aims to connect more people faster, and add even greater value to people’s lives.