Training programme provides big dreams for small town boy

Training programme provides big dreams for small town boy

Posted By: Shopprice South Africa Cape Town – As a child growing up in the small town of Zoar in the Western Cape, Ryan Adams had two dreams: to one day be More »

6 aid workers killed in South Sudan

6 aid workers killed in South Sudan

Posted By: Shopprice South Africa   Six aid workers were killed in an ambush in South Sudan on Saturday, the UN’s humanitarian coordinator for the country said. The aid workers were traveling More »

Trump: US will act unilaterally on North Korea if necessary

Trump: US will act unilaterally on North Korea if necessary

Posted By: Shopprice South Africa (CNN)US President Donald Trump has declared he would be willing to go it alone to restrain North Korea’s nuclear weapons program should China fail to change the More »

Climate change could render Sudan ‘uninhabitable’

Climate change could render Sudan ‘uninhabitable’

Posted By: Shopprice South Africa Temperatures are rising, water supplies are scarce, soil fertility is low and severe droughts are common. After years of desertification, its rich biodiversity is under threat and More »

Farm workers still maltreated, hearings find

Farm workers still maltreated, hearings find

Posted By: Shopprice South Africa Evictions and the bad, cruel behavior of farm workers were among the troubling trends uncovered by country-wide hearings by the cover Committee on Rural Development and Land More »

Limpopo residents attack pastors and congregation

Limpopo residents attack pastors and congregation

Posted By: Shopprice South Africa The Limpopo police have pushed into water a manhunt for a group of group members who attacked church pastors and their persons in great number in Mecklenburg More »

EFF to hold vigil on Sunday evening ahead of Malema’s court appearance

EFF to hold vigil on Sunday evening ahead of Malema’s court appearance

Posted By: Shopprice South Africa EFF first Julius Malema said to so give support to his supporters to go into land 2 years ago at the meeting of friends’ elective meeting The More »

EFF will ask Parliament to dissolve Eskom board

EFF will ask Parliament to dissolve Eskom board

Posted By: Shopprice South Africa The Economic Freedom Fighters on Friday called on the board of Eskom to move after Ceo Brian Molefes example in making ready to put up with too More »

Kidnapped Cape businessman still missing

Kidnapped Cape businessman still missing

Posted By: Shopprice South Africa Cape Town business-man Naushad Deshmukh was still lost by Friday after 12 a.m. with no new developments, Western Cape police said.Representative Captain FC Van Wyk said the More »

DA to lay charges against Brian Molefe after Eskom resignation

DA to lay charges against Brian Molefe after Eskom resignation

Posted By: Shopprice South Africa The Democratic agreement (DA) will put charges against Eskom Ceo Brian Molefe supporters his statement giving up position, the meeting of friends said on Friday. Molefe resigned More »

 

Indian regulator slams Facebook in free internet row

a4778ab8d5b742e2937c7782b6814f1a

Shopprice South Africa

New Delhi – India’s telecom regulator has attacked Facebook over an aggressive campaign to drum up support for its controversial free internet project after being deluged with millions of comments asking it not to ban the service.

In a letter dated January 18, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) accused the social media giant of carrying out a “crudely majoritarian and orchestrated opinion poll” in its lobbying effort, entitled Save Free Basics.

Facebook has met a fierce backlash in India over Free Basics, which allows people who cannot afford the internet to access selected websites for free via a mobile phone. Critics including some of India’s leading tech entrepreneurs say the service violates net neutrality – the principle that the entire internet should be available to everyone on equal terms.

While not ruling explicitly on net neutrality, TRAI has halted Free Basics temporarily and could ban it altogether through an ongoing consultation on “differential pricing for data usage”. It asked for public submissions on whether, in general, telecom operators should be allowed to offer some data for free – which would include Reliance Communications, Facebook’s mobile partner for Free Basics.

The regulator said the vast number of responses it received – 16 million, according to Facebook – were largely irrelevant after the social network asked people to send automated pleas begging it to keep the service alive. The template responses, sent by clicking a button online or leaving a missed call, implored TRAI to “support digital equality for India” and said “shutting down Free Basics would hurt our country’s most vulnerable people”.

In the letter to Facebook’s public policy director for India, Ankhi Das, the watchdog said it had “deep misgivings” over the way the social network had solicited the responses. “Your urging has the flavour of reducing this meaningful consultative exercise designed to produce informed decisions in a transparent manner into a crudely majoritarian and orchestrated opinion poll,” it said.

The nature of the campaign “if accepted, has dangerous ramifications for policy-making in India,” it continued. A Facebook spokesperson told AFP it had “attempted to cooperate with their (TRAI’s) request” for specific responses and said a draft email used “the exact language from the four specific questions posed in the consultation paper”.

India’s 1.2 billion people make it a vitally important market for Facebook, which is still locked out of China, with the second biggest number of users outside of the United States.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

twenty − 8 =

Anti-Spam Quiz:

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>