Facebook defends Free Basics Internet service in India

INTERSmZuckDetermined not to back down from his quest to provide Free Basics Internet service, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg responded to disapprovers in India’s largest newspaper The Times of India, comparing free but limited Internet service to universal access to libraries and hospitals.

Zuckerberg has been on a mission to provide Internet service to under served parts of the globe like India, parts of Asia and Africa. But critics claim free service is violating the principles of Net neutrality. During his second visit to India in October Zuckerberg said all traffic on the Internet should be treated equally.

He recently again accused his critics of spreading false information and said “Instead of wanting to give people access to some basic Internet services for free, they continue to spread false claims, even if that means leaving a billion people behind.

As it stands, with 132 million Facebook users, India’s user base is second only to the United States. As Zuckerberg says ‘everyone deserves access to the Internet.