The bid is a part of the United Nations goal to get rid of poverty worldwide by 2030.
Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates have joined hands to meet the mutual goal of providing internet worldwide by 2020. This bid is made after the United Nations presented its plans to eradicate poverty worldwide till 2030 in its Sustainable Development Summit 2015 held on Friday.
The Microsoft founder and the genius behind Facebook are of the view that internet should be available to everyone, as it plays an important role in reducing poverty.
“When people have access to the tools and knowledge of the internet, they have access to opportunities that make life better for all of us,” stated the declaration duly signed by Gates and Zuckerberg.
Other signatories of the pledge include Jimmy Wales, the co-founder of Wikipedia, and Bono, the U2 frontman who is also running an anti-poverty campaign.
Although the pledge appears to be a great initiative, some critics are of the view that making internet accessible worldwide is in the personal interest of those driving and backing this campaign, as most of their revenues come from advertising, which will benefit immensely from universal internet access.
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