The backlash against Facebook’s “free mobile data” Internet.org scheme has spread across the globe.
A total of 67 digital rights groups – including i Freedom Uganda, Ecuador’s Usuarios Digitales and Indonesia’s ICT Watch – have signed a letter to Facebook’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg, stating concerns about the initiative.
They say the project threatens freedom of expression, privacy and the principle of net neutrality.
Facebook has yet to respond.
However, Mr Zuckerberg has previously defended his effort to get people online, by saying: “It’s not an equal internet if the majority of people cannot participate.”
He has also promised to make changes to address some of the security concerns.
What is Internet.org?
Internet.org allows subscribers of partner mobile networks to use a limited number of online services without having to pay to make use of the data involved.
They include Wikipedia, the Facts for Life health site run by the United Nations Children’s Fund, BBC News, Facebook, Accuweather and a selection of local news and sports results providers.