The All India Backchod (AIB) folks are back with their third video on Net Neutrality, and it focuses on Facebook s Free Basics. The video comes right after Facebook started the campaign to ‘Save Free Basics in India’ by urging them to send a message to TRAI. Later on, the social network giant also published newspaper ads to mislead the users and accidently activated the campaign in the US, urging them to support free basics in India. Also Read - Internet groups claim that telecom operators are blocking Reddit and Telegram in IndiaAlso Read - Indian telecom companies including Reliance Jio blocking websites including Soundcloud, Telegram
With the first video, AIB rooted for Net Neutrality and urged people to save the internet. In the second video AIB reiterated that all of Internet should be accessible to all without being charged differently to access different websites. Now, with the third installment of the video, folks at AIB are again trying to debunk the myths of Facebook s Free Basics, which is nothing but the new avatar of Internet.org. The team has tried their best to educate users on how Facebook s Free Basic goes against Net Neutrality. Also Read - Reliance Jio may be blocking proxy and VPN websites and violating net neutrality: Report
In the video, AIB folks have also pointed out how Facebook is trapping users to promote Free Basics and asking them to sign up, just because their friends have too. The team also sheds light on the fact that Free Basics doesn t offer media such as videos or VOIP that can cut through the literacy barrier.
Moreover, while developers are free to join in, Facebook holds the right to reject them. With Free Basics, Facebook gets user more information, which will ultimately give them advantage over its competitors. Currently there are no ads on the platform, but Facebook hasn t clarified if it will be the same in long run.
To voice in your opinion and get it into consideration, AIB is urging users to send an email to TRAI in support of Net Neutrality and its new consultation paper on Zero-rating plans. The deadline for the same is December 30, so act fast and #SaveTheInternet.
Meanwhile, you can watch the AIB video here.