Although Internet.org received a ton of backlash it is currently available in 17 countries and Facebook is bringing more people on the platform.
Internet.Org was launched in 2014 by Facebook to provide countries all over the world with internet access without data charges. Today Internet.org is available in 17 countries including the African countries such as Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Senegal, Zambia, Ghana, South Africa and Angola.
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More than a billion people are currently using Internet.org and in celebration of the first anniversary mark of the app, Facebook will hold a special event i.e. a developer day in Kenya.
Facebook has also revealed the next phase in the development of Internet.org as anyone can now sign up and turn on the Internet.org service easily through a new portal. The service has also been provided in many more additional countries such as Pakistan, India and Indonesia.
The partner portal makes it easier to use the service and provides basic tools and services for those in countries where even internet is not available.
According to a blog post by Facebook as they have approached the second year they have taken everything they have learned previously about Internet.org with their partners and now they are ready to scale the basic services.
Facebook further wrote they have made it easier for any mobile service operator to turn on the Internet.org service in more countries through a new portal.
When Internet.org was first released it received wide spread criticism especially from India for having violating net neutrality. According to the critics entities such as Facebook would be acting as a gatekeeper of information rather than having freedom on the internet.
As the Internet.org program allows the pre-selection of services on the internet it can only access those apps or services and may miss out on better and more informative platforms.