Facebook-led group tries to mend fences over free Internet service in India


A Facebook-led group made enemies in India recently by giving away free Internet access as a way to connect people online who can’t afford it. The problem: This free Internet only included Facebook and a small group of others.

On Monday, the group, Internet.org, responded to accusations of favoritism by letting any developer apply to be included in the free service. The organization is hoping that the gesture will quell criticism of the project, particularly by many of India’s top news organizations that had dropped out of the project.

Internet.org, recently launched its app in India, as a way to connect the country’s millions of impoverished citizens who have no Internet access. The app gives people free access on their mobile devices to a limited selection of basic apps and services like news, job search sites, and health information.

In India, Internet.org partnered on the project with mobile carrier…

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