Internet.org is a partnership between social networking services company Facebook and six companies (Samsung, Ericsson, MediaTek, Opera Software, Nokia and Qualcomm) that plans to bring affordable access to selected Internet services to less developed countries by increasing efficiency and facilitating the development of new business models around the provision of Internet access.In collaboration with Reliance Telecom,Internet.org is offering free access to only a few websites,one of them being Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook Inc. has introduced this. Internet.org is currently supporting Digital India. Zuckerberg changed his Facebook profile picture to Digital India Tricolour. Enthusiastically, many people did the same. But those who did so don’t know that Facebook is aiming to earn profit and increasing the no. of users from this rather than giving charity internet.
It seems that internet.org is a really noble deed. But sadly there are many negative points make it the worst ever. Lets decide this after taking a look at its pros and cons.
1. This app provides its user free access to basic internet services especially in low connectivity area.
2. It is beneficial for those who cannot afford internet.
3. Facebook connectivity lab is developing new ways to provide affordable internet access around the world. The aim of connecting maximum people to Internet is good.
4. The Facebook connectivity lab is trying to ensure that their app can be accessed even in very remote zone and low connectivity area.
1. One can’t access all websites and services using internet.org. It provides access to only those services which are approved by Facebook and its partners and that also to Reliance users only.
2. One can’t access the website that offer high-resolution picture, videos or voice-calling features. Internet.org’s terms and conditions restrict these websites.
3. Only basic version of mobile internet can be accessed with a smartphone.
4. It does not support https protocol and encrypted content i.e., while making online transactions your detail may be exposed to hackers. There is no security provided.
5. It is more focused on everyone getting on Facebook instead of getting everyone on Internet.
6. It is not really harmless to net neutrality.
7.It restricts access to less than 50 cities. There is a fear that what will happen if everyone in the market starts following this business trend of Zuckerberg. Others in the market may create such restrictive platforms.
8. It is a world of business venture. A business venture looks for a profit. Internet.org is nothing more than a business venture. They generate their income by advertising.
9. Reliance will get a lot of new customers from this arrangement. So this scheme is more beneficial for reliance than for the people whom it is supposed to be made for.
10. The website says that telecom operators are not paid for data usage, but fails to provide clarity on revenue sharing.
11. “Something is better than nothing” but this is untrue for internet.org. Though it is giving some access to those who can’t have any, but it cuts them off from a major part of actual internet.
12.They say it provides free access to those who cannot afford internet. Someone go and ask them how will he/she be able to afford a device which is needed to access even free internet??
13. By providing free internet access they are demotivating those who are able and wish to do something new and good on the web and have low capital to invest in.
Though, Zuckerberg claims that Internet.org is beneficial for connecting the world but it seems that he has introduced this app just to increase his revenue and profit and nothing else. Keeping in mind the cons of Internet.org, what I feel is that no one should be influenced by it; no one should actually go for it and support it.