India Rejects Facebook’s ’Free Basics’ Service
They’re not feeling social. India’s government has just put a roadblock between Mark Zuckerberg and his quest to get the whole world online. Free Basics, which offers complimentary Internet access to sites like weather reports, Wikipedia and Facebook, has stalled on the subcontinent after the country banned it in a ruling supporting net neutrality and prohibiting “discriminatory tariffs” based on content. The social network says it’s disappointed by the ruling, but Zuckerberg’s vowing not to give up on connecting India and helping lift people out of poverty.