Facebook’s Internet.org initiative might be facing flak in India for being against the principles of net neutrality but this has not stopped the social networking platform from expanding it and including more entrepreneurs and developers.
In a blog post on Sunday, the company announced the introduction of Internet.org Platform, an open programme for developers to create services that integrate with Internet.org. The company also said that people will now have more choices of free basic services that they can use.
Under the new development, developers who meet a certain set of guidelines will now be able to participate in Internet.org.
“Developers that join will need to follow three principles that we’ve followed in building versions of Facebook and Messenger for Internet.org. These are designed to align all participants’ incentives and bring more people online. Participation will remain free for any developer or user,” the company stated in the blog post.
Facebook tied up with Reliance Communications to offer Internet.org services in India earlier this year. However, over the last few weeks, the initiative has been receiving criticism from internet-freedom advocates. Some service providers have also left the platform due to this. This move by Facebook seems to be an attempt to directly address these concerns.
In an earlier post, Mark Zuckerberg had stated that there was no reason why Internet.org and net neutrality cannot co-exist.