Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg hits back in Internet.org India row


Source: BBC
Author: Matthew Wall
Coverage Type: reporting
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Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has defended the aims of his Internet.org initiative after several Indian firms decided to pull out of the project.

Zuckerberg argued that Internet.org'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 Internet.org 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."

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