Free internet service for developing markets focuses on ‘western corporate content’ and violates net neutrality principles, researchers say

Free Basics, Facebook’s free, limited internet service for developing markets, isneither serving local needs nor achieving its objective of bringing people online for the first time.

That’s according to research by citizen media and activist group Global Voices, published this week, which examined the Free Basics service in six different markets – Colombia, Ghana, Kenya, Mexico, Pakistan and Philippines – to see whether it was serving the intended audience.

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