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Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Bites Back In India Row

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Bites Back In India Row

April 20, 2015

Zuckerberg reportedly argued in a blog post that’s basic free services were not incompatible with net neutrality – the principle that all web services should be equally accessible. “We fully support net neutrality,” he wrote. “Universal connectivity and net neutrality can and must co-exist.” But critics were quick to respond. Writing in the Hindustan Times, India’s Save The Internet coalition maintained that is “Zuckerberg’s ambitious project to confuse hundreds of millions of emerging market users into thinking that Facebook and the internet are one and the same.”

Distorting competition?

At the heart of the row is’s policy of “zero-rating”, whereby telecoms providers agree not to pass on the costs of handling the data traffic so that consumers can receive services for free. Critics argue this has a distorting effect on competition, making it difficult for publishers not signed up to to reach the hundreds of millions of poorer people in developing economies who have no internet access at all.

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