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Ahead of hosting Modi, Facebook rebrands internet.org as Free Basics

This is a significant move by Facebook considering the backlash it had from various quarters in India following debates on net neutrality

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaking at the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, March 2, 2015 Picture by  AP/PTI
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaking at the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, March 2, 2015 Picture by AP/PTI

Hinting at what could be vital points of discussion when Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg on Sunday, the social media giant has rebranded its internet access enabling platform Internet.org as Free Basics. This was announced by Chris Daniels, vice-president of Internet.org, at a press meet in Menlo Park on Friday. Zuckerberg confirmed the same and wrote on his Facebook wall. Facebook has opened up its Free Basics platform, which means any app developer can now include their services on it. “This gives people the power to choose what apps they want ...