Citizens' Issues
Facebook Free Basics: Spoofs on the media blitzkrieg
More and more techies, startups, entrepreneurs and even citizens are opposing the Free Basics and media campaigns of Facebook. Here someone made a spoof out of the very ads that Facebook has been bombarding us with – all for charitable purposes
 

 
While Facebook is busy throwing huge money on full page(s) of advertisement in newspapers across the country and TV commercials, somebody just used spoof to take on these campaigns.
 
The spoofs making rounds on the social media are actually modified photographs of Facebook campaign. One of the modified photograph titled "Support An Ignorant India", says, "Join your ignorant friends by showing your support for what is misleading called a 'Digital India'. We want uneducated people to think we're providing an opportunity for education, jobs, and rural development, but we all know that no one really cares about that as long as there's cash to be made from making the web into an 'exclusive club'."
 
Another titled, "Support Ganesh, Support Digital Suicide" says, "Ganesh is a rice farmer in the rural parts of Karnataka. In a population of 1.3 billion people accounting for $1.3 trillion revenue, we were shocked to see that Ganesh had no exposure to Candy Crush. So we put him on a free trial of Free Basics and watched as he enlightened himself on the usage of a chocolate bomb. As he enjoys his progress to level 633, his crops are dying, his children can't attend school and the friends who would send him lives are committing suicide. All because they chose Candy Crush over Farmville. Idiots. But Ganesh couldn't be happier. Because what else is free internet for?"
 

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Mahesh S Bhatt

1 year ago

Its classic American way of Business.

Making Money by doing nothing & get everything done from others.

European Union has first time asked social websites to store data in Europe & stop Customer information flow to USA under "SAFE HARBOUR" NATO agreement.

These Americans are using personal information for Security Intelligence/Business Database Marketing/Personal digital Marketing charging exorbitant rates to developing countries as Intelligence.

Its like telling person is dying so Doctor should be free as Free Basics.

Engineers should be free because Telephone/Stee/Infrastructure etc is FreeBasic.

This is simple tomfoolery which Americans are masters,we are gullible as always.

Ask Tatas/Ambanis/Mittals/Vodafone who have paid 102000 crores are sprctrum charges to GOI & Facebook wants these wireless pipes free for their business.

Cool Dude Zuckerberg making our businessmen fools.Good Conning

Mahesh Bhatt

Mahesh S Bhatt

1 year ago

Facebook has been making a renewed push to convince India's telecom regulator that it should be allowed to run Free Basics, a subsidised internet platform that gives people

Facebook and a few other services for free while violating the principles of net neutrality on which the internet was built.

Here is a quick explanation of what net neutrality is and a primer on why Facebook's platform is dangerous.

The SaveTheInternet.in team has once again banded together to counter Facebook's marketing blitz, including "accidentally" encouraging users outside India to send a message to an Indian regulator and come up with a concise fact sheet that explains everything that is wrong with Free Basics:
1) There are other successful models (this, this, this) for providing free Internet access to people, without giving a competitive advantage to Facebook. Free Basics is the worst of our options.
2) Facebook doesn’t pay for Free Basics, telecom operators do. Where do they make money from? From users who pay. By encouraging people to choose Free Basics, Facebook reduces the propensity to bring down data costs for paid Internet access.
3) Free Basics isn’t about bringing people online. It’s about keeping Facebook and its partners free, while everything else remains paid. Users who pay for Internet access can still access Free Basics for free, giving Facebook and its partners an advantage. Free Basics is a violation of Net Neutrality
4) Internet access is growing rapidly in India. We’ve added 100 million users in 2015. Almost all the connections added in India in the last 1 year are NOT because of Free Basics.
5) Free Basics is not an open platform. Facebook defines the technical guidelines for Free Basics, and reserves the right to change them. They reserve the right to reject applicants, who are forced to comply with Facebook’s terms. In contrast they support ‘permissionless innovation’ in the US.
6) The only source of info on Facebook’s Free Basics is Facebook, and it misleads people. Facebook was criticised in Brazil for misleading advertising (source). Their communication in India is misleading. People find the “Free” part of Free Basics advertising from Facebook (or FreeNet free Internet) from Reliance misleading (source).
7) Facebook gets access to all the usage data and usage patterns of all the sites on Free Basics. No website which wants to compete with Facebook will partner with them because it will have to give them user data. Facebook gives data to the NSA (source) and this is a security issue for India.
8) Research has shown that people prefer to use the open web for a shorter duration over a limited set of sites for a longer duration. (source)
9) Facebook says that Free Basics doesn’t have ads, but does not say that it will never have ads on Free Basics.
10) Facebook has shown people as saying that they support Free Basics when they haven’t. They may claim 3.2 million in support, but how many of those mails are legitimate?
Click here to read the original post by the SaveTheInternet.in team, including suggestions about what you can do next.

Jayaram M

1 year ago

As a Internet user, nothing is free !
The FB offer smacks of hypocrisy and of cronyism - in a large scale ! The government, of course, would be interested as they could pull the plug; almost anytime. As for FB, it also mentions "paying for data"; which at worst, seems to be aiming for a turnover catch-up with Google ?
Today - one pays (LL)- for the phone, the broadband connectivity and the splitter; which is about 2K Rs per month; well within budget of a average household. For a mobile, VF's Plan Red (499/- ?)(say 800/-)is sufficient for normal use; Skype / other forms & Whatsapp.
Personal data has already gone out of the window - the general public is NOT aware of what the security systems, are and how long the government's arm, is. (Anyway, this will have to be looked at as a separate subject - including contact details; age, income and URL's !)
TRAI will do well by throwing this baby out with the bathwater. We do not want either.

Regards,

Muslim organisation issues Fatwa against Patanjali products
Chennai : Muslim organisation Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamath (TNTJ) has issued a 'fatwa' against yoga guru Ramdev's Patanjali products for containing cow urine, an official said.
 
"Use of cow urine is forbidden ('haram') in Islam. Any product made with cow urine is forbidden. Since Ramdev's Patanjali products have cow urine as an ingredient, we have issued a 'fatwa' (edict) against the products," M. Mohammed Yusuf, TNTJ state general secretary, told IANS on Wednesday.
 
According to him, the edict is against all products in which cow urine is used as an ingredient.
 
TNTJ said the ruling was issued to ensure that Muslims do not use the products without being aware of the forbidden ingredient.
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

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Subramani P K

1 year ago

Patanjali establishment or their distributors are not the looser because of the ban by the muslim organisation. The muslim population who get good quality product at competitive rates will be the looser. Besides if they can eat cow why not the urine which is a medicine for so many diseases. Really funny way of dealing with men & material& how religion is being misused/abused.

TRAI extends comments deadline on differential pricing
New Delhi : The Indian telecom regulator has extended the date of submission of comments by another week, till Jan 7, for the consultation paper on "differential pricing", official sources said on Wednesday.
 
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) sources said all the comments should reach the regulator with Jan 7 and the regulator will come out with counter-comments by Jan 14.
 
The deadline for receiving comments was ending on Wednesday.
 
Differential pricing on data services is an important aspect of net neutrality.
 
The TRAI on December 9 said differential pricing of data services by various operators might potentially go against the principle of non-discriminatory tariff and sought comments or opinions from stakeholders.
 
It said some service providers were offering differential data tariff, either free or discounted, on certain contents of particular websites, applications or platforms.
 
"The objective of offering such schemes is claimed to be the desire of various service/content/platform providers to enable consumers, especially the poor, to access certain content on the Internet free of charge," the sector regulator said.
 
It said potentially, both positive and negative effects arise from an economic and regulatory perspective where reduced rates are tied to specific content.
 
"On the one hand, it appears to make overall Internet access more affordable by reducing costs of certain types of content. On the other hand, several negative effects might ensue. Differential tariffs result in classification of subscribers based on the content they want to access. This may potentially go against the principle of non-discriminatory tariff," it added.
 
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