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TRAI-Free Basics Campaign (By Facebook)

You might be receiving frequent notification regarding the TRAI-Free Basic Campaign. You receive the notification whenever any of your friends sends a message to TRAI. This campaign came into lamplight after the failure of internet.org by Facebook as it was violating the Net Neutrality. Facebook’s Free Basic Campaign in collaboration with Reliance too received the same negative response due to its Net Neutrality violation. The campaign was just brought into light by Facebook as an alternative to internet.org. And once again many of the Facebook users have been fooled by the Facebook Free Basics Campaign.

Sending of free notification to all the Facebook users whenever one of their Facebook friends signs up in support with the Facebook Free Basic is a strategy taken up by Facebook to prevent Free Basics from getting banned in India.

Many people fall for this prey as they acknowledge that even their friends have signed in for some good cause. But frankly speaking, one shouldn’t sign in for the support of Facebook’s Free Basics Campaign as it violates the Net Neutrality concept. Many people who lack the knowledge of Net Neutrality and the main purpose of implementing Free Basics Campaign have already fallen for this fooling attempt by the Facebook.

When you click on the message you may find the message speaking:

“Act now to Save Free Basics in India. Free Basics is a first step to connecting 1 billion Indians to the opportunities online –and achieving digital equality in India. But without your support, it could be banned in a matter of weeks”.

Reading this you might make up your mind to save Free Basics in India by signing up in its support. In the message column you may also read the following in support to Free Basics:

“To the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, I support digital equality for India. Free Basics provides free access to essential internet services like communication, education, healthcare, employment, farming and more. It helps those who can’t afford to pay for data, or who need a little help getting started online. And it’s open to all people, developers and mobile operators. With 1 billion Indian people not yet connected, shutting down Free Basics would hurt our country’s most vulnerable people. I support Free Basics – and digital equality for India. Thank you.”

Free Basics gives people access to vital services like communication, healthcare, education, job listings and farming information – all without data charges. It helps those who can’t afford to pay for data, or who need a little help getting started online. And it’s open to all people, developers, and mobile operators.

But Free Basics is in danger in India. A small, vocal group of critics are lobbying to have Free Basics banned on the basis of net neutrality. Instead of giving people access to some basic internet services for free, they demand that people pay equally to access all internet services – even if that means 1 billion people can’t afford to access any services.

The TRAI is holding a public debate that will affect whether free basic internet services can be offered in India. Your voice is important for the 1 billion Indian people who are not yet connected and don’t have a voice on the internet.

Unless you take action now, India could lose access to free basic internet services, delaying progress towards digital equality for all Indians. Tell the TRAI you support Free Basics and digital equality in India.”

TRAI-Free Basics Campaign (By Facebook)

 

This campaign is not more than just a trap planned by Facebook.  You may think that you have done it for a good purpose, but believe me, you haven’t. But it’s not your fault, you can still prevent Net Neutrality by signing the  petition to ban Free Basics.

In order to sign the petition, you can visit Savetheinternet and there you can change your answer and ask to support Net Neutrality again.

Your view regarding Free Basics in India is very vital to us, so feel free to share your opinions regarding it. Happy Reading!

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