While the net neutrality debate rages on in India, Facebook s Internet.org partners in India have been withdrawing their support. Despite this, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is defending the initiative, saying that he strongly disagrees with critics. Also Read - Facebook gives voice to emojis with Soundmoji: Here's how to sendAlso Read - Netflix could launch its video game streaming service next year, at no extra cost
In a blogpost, Zuckerberg again argued that Internet.org and net neutrality can coexist. “We fully support net neutrality,” he wrote. “Universal connectivity and net neutrality can and must co-exist.” Also Read - You can now use WhatsApp web without your phone
Internet.org s aim to offer free Internet access to 33 websites in conjunction with Reliance Communications has given rise to a lot of net neutrality debate. But Zuckerberg wrote, “Arguments about net neutrality shouldn’t be used to prevent the most disadvantaged people in society from gaining access or to deprive people of opportunity. If someone can’t afford to pay for connectivity, it is always better to have some access than none at all.”
Baulking under the public criticism, some of Facebook s Internet.org partners have withdrawn their support. This week, the likes of Times Group, Cleartrip, Newshunt, and NDTV have cut their ties with the initiative.
Zuckerberg s blog post follows.