Egypt Bans Facebook's Free Internet Service

Facebook’s Free Internet Service Banned in Egypt

The service was shut down in India last week.

Just after two months of launch, Facebook’s “Free Basics” has been kicked out of Egypt. Egyptian authorities have not yet mentioned the reason behind this decision.

Egyptian mobile carrier Etisalat received the permit to launch the Facebook-sponsored free internet service for two months only. The permit expired this Wednesday, after which the government authorities refused to reissue the permit.

Despite offering free internet to roughly three million people in Egypt, the free internet initiative by Facebook received a lot of criticism at the local level as it was blamed to violate the net neutrality laws by offering access to only a limited number of websites.

Indian government also banned the Internet.org initiative due to similar concerns last week.

Facebook expressed disappointment over the banning of Free Basics in Egypt and hopes to “resolve this situation soon.”

Sharing his opinion on the issue in a Times of India op-ed, Mark Zuckerberg said that the initiative does not violate internet laws by any mean.

 

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