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Backing net neutrality, Cleartrip, NDTV log out of Facebook’s Internet.org: update

Backing net neutrality, Cleartrip, NDTV log out of Facebook’s Internet.org: update

Backing net neutrality, Cleartrip, NDTV log out of Facebook’s Internet.org: update

Indian companies are obviously developing cold feet following the dressing down they have got from media and the common people. Net neutrality won one more war when Cleartrip said that it was pulling out of Facebook’s Internet.org that should have created a clear imbalance against the very basis of the net neutrality.

Earlier today India’s leading travel website said that it will not be part of the Facebook’s Internet.org initiative. Earlier India’s top ecommerce site Flipkart refused to be the part of Airtel Zero initiative from India’s leading telecom company Bharti Airtel.

This is also going to be a death-knell for Reliance Communications’s Facebook partnership to provide free Internet access to 33 websites as part of its Internet.org plan. There is no denying the fact that it looks very identical to Airtel Zero plan.facebook-android app

Cleartrip in a statement said, “Since there was absolutely zero money changing hands, we genuinely believed we were contributing to a social cause. But the recent debate around #NetNeutrality gave us pause to rethink our approach to Internet.org and the idea of large corporations getting involved with picking and choosing who gets access to what and how fast”.

The statement while detailing the reason why it was pulling out said, “So while our original intent was noble, it is impossible to pretend there is no conflict of interest (both real and perceived) in our decision to be a participant in Internet.org. In light of this, Cleartrip has withdrawn our association with and participation in Internet.org entirely”. Now there are signs that Airtel Zero is going to die its natural death and the same fate may be awaiting Internet.org too.

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