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Social networking giant Facebook on Thursday launched a unique app for all those users who lack or cannot afford internet accessibility.
The Internet.org app was unveiled by Facebook in an attempt to provide the global users with a platform where they can use their mobile phones (without Internet accessibility) to avail online services for crucial section like education, health and basic communications.
“Our effort to bring affordable Internet access to everyone in the world. We believe that every person should have access to free basic Internet services — tools for health, education, jobs and basic communication,” Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook chief executive, said on his Facebook page.
“Over the past year we’ve been working with mobile operators around the world to deliver on this goal. We’re starting to see this vision become a reality, and we’ve already helped three million people access the Internet who had no access before,” he further said in his post.
Last year, Zuckerberg had made the announcement of the awesome Internet.org app in collaboration with Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung.
According to the Facebook, the Internet.org app is rolled out in Zambia initially and it will soon cover the other countries where availability to Internet access is poor or unaffordable.
Talking primarily about Zambia, Zuckerberg said that in the country only 15 percent of people have Internet access. With this move, the Facebook wants to provide the whole of Zambians with internet availability so that they could enjoy its prime benefits like find jobs, get help with reproductive health or other health woes and most importantly use the FB tools to stay connected with their near and dear ones.
Making the announcement on his blog post, Guy Rosen of Facebook said, “Over 85 percent of the world’s population lives in areas with existing cellular coverage, yet only about 30 percent of the total population accesses the Internet. Affordability and awareness are significant barriers to Internet adoption for many and today we are introducing the Internet.org app to make the Internet accessible to more people by providing a set of free basic services.”
With the Internet.org app, the Android-powered mobile phone users will be able to enjoy free access to infotainment services like Google Search, Facebook, Wikipedia, AccuWeather and also the health websites.
If talk about the users in the African nation of Zambia, they will enjoy access to services like Go Zambia Jobs, Zambia uReport, Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action and Women’s Rights App. For this initiative, Facebook has partnered with the mobile carrier Airtel.