New Delhi: Even as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg expressed commitment to net neutrality, volunteers of have raised questions over the platform.

In an open letter to Zuckerberg, the savetheinternet team said it’s “a matter of distress” that Facebook through its platform and lobbying on regulatory consultations, has sought to undermine net neutrality in India.

Mark Zuckerberg at his townhall at IIT Delhi. PTIMark Zuckerberg at his townhall at IIT Delhi. PTI

Mark Zuckerberg at his townhall at IIT Delhi. PTI

During his townhall address on Wednesday, Zuckerberg said his company is committed to net neutrality, but supported zero-rating plans which have been criticised by many as violative of the principles of a free Internet.

“Even today, has restrictions that those services which compete with telecom operator services will not be allowed on it,” the letter said.

The letter said its concern with Basics is that it will create a new digital divide: those who access Facebook and its partner services, and those who access the open Internet.

The letter said is not an open platform and “all we are asking for is for you to ensure that any such effort to bring access to the Internet ensure that users get access to the entire Internet, and not through a pre-determined menu or filter, which primarily benefits those who are selected for the platform”.

The letter flagged worries that data for all the websites on will be with Facebook and restrictions on them publicly disclosing usage of their sites and services by users on

“Facebook, along with its intention to connect billions to the Internet, should support and advocate Net neutrality and permissionless innovation in India, the way it has done in the US,” the letter argued., which aims to bring free Internet access to the developing world, has faced a backlash, with activists alleging that it violates net neutrality, an idea which means that all online traffic should be treated equally.

Read the full letter here

STI Statement on Mark Zuckerberg


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After Zuckerberg’s Delhi townhall, Savetheinternet questions Facebook’s platform