Facebook explains the reasons for blocking the free internet service in Egypt

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Summary: Facebook declined to give access to the government of Egypt to spy on the users of an application that allowed the internet access to low - income people and paid the consequences. This week the popular social network unveiled why the Egyptian government took action and blocked the application that the American company installed a few months ago in that country. The application that Facebook put in brand in October of the last year allowed the Internet access to low - income customers, but t

Facebook declined to give access to the government of Egypt to spy on the users of an application that allowed the internet access to low - income people and paid the consequences. This week the popular social network unveiled why the Egyptian government took action and blocked the application that the American company installed a few months ago in that country.

The application that Facebook put in brand in October of the last year allowed the Internet access to low - income customers, but to the availability of a computer or Smartphone with the possibility of wireless internet through a Facebook application, the free Basics.
The Egyptian government suspended the service on December 30 and claimed that there had been granted temporary permission to offer the service for two months.

The Ministry of Communications reported that the reason was that they could not allow the free access since it would undermine the rest of the national companies in the telecommunications sector. However, some sources claim that the blockade was because the company did not allow the government to circumvent the security service to carry out the surveillance. 

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This software is available in 37 Facebook countries that have large populations without reliable Internet service and is a key element in the overall strategy of Facebook. The goal is to reach a large group of potential users who would otherwise not be able to create Facebook accounts.

Facebook released the figures that claimed more than 3 million Egyptians that used the service before it was suspended, and a million of them had never had access to the Internet. The portal of Facebook has not suffered censorship or blocking in Egypt.

A similar case occurred in India, where the project of free Internet Facebook was banned for not respecting the laws related to the network neutrality, saying it is not possible to provide the Internet access to websites giving the priority to some and not to others.
Immediately a similar service, Project Loon, of Google, made a proposal that is more successful.

Project Loon offers the Internet thanks to a large balloons flying high in specific areas offering the connection, and are already making good progress in the implementation of the project, which has been preparing for 2014 to prevent the interference with other signals.

The Google CEO, Sundar Pichai, has India (his native country) constantly on the radar; remember that as free WiFi project was implemented in the stations train in the country. The secret is not to fall into the same sin of Facebook and to give the freedom to make it possible to navigate between any types of content, without favoritism.

Apparently the "solidarity" idea of Facebook is not finished to "paste" in the places to which the project was intended initially. Following the drawbacks in Egypt and India it only have to wait if the company led by Mark Zuckemberg continues with their plans or reformulate its strategy of penetration in these markets.

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