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Facebook Has Launched A "Save Free Basics" Campaign And A Lot Of People Are Angry About It

"This is not about net neutrality anymore. It is about a single, gigantic, unaccountable platform that wants to deliver it all to you."

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The campaign prompts users to send a pre-filled email to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) stating that they are in favour of "Free Basics" being implemented nationwide.

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An additional option notifies all your friends about your decision to support the campaign.

"Free Basics" is another name for "Internet.org", a program that internet activists have been actively campaigning against over the past few months for violating net-neutrality principles.

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Facebook, on the other hand, has been lobbying the government to allow its implementation.

The last date for comments is December 31, 2015, and Facebook is currently facing a lot of anger online for supposedly trying to trick users into telling the government that they support the program.

Facebook's new trick to shut down #NetNeutrality in India. Send a msg to TRAI, but tell them we DON'T want this!

I stand for #NetNeutrality. Facebook cannot fool me into sending mails to TRAI to "save" Free Basics. No. Never.

Activists have been encouraging users to not sign Facebook's appeal.

Independence is too important to sign it away to a corporation. I trust governments more than i do companies. Don't sign the #FB appeal

Don't fall for this @Facebook scam! Just https://t.co/rVnz1ZytMF in a new name. Not digital equality but slavery.

This is not about net neutrality anymore. it is about a single, gigantic, unaccountable platform that wants to deliver it all to you.

Facebook responded to the outrage with this official statement:

"Hundreds of millions of people in India use the Internet every day and understand the benefits it can bring. This campaign gives people the opportunity to support digital equality in India. It lets people speak in support of the one billion people in India who remain unconnected, and lets them participate in the public debate that is being held by The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India on differential pricing for data services. And it gives them the opportunity to support Free Basics, which is proven to bring more people online and accelerate full internet adoption."

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