Backing net neutrality, Cleartrip, NDTV log out of Facebookâ€™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 Facebookâ€™s Internet.org that should have created a clear imbalance against the very basis of the net neutrality.
Earlier today Indiaâ€™s leading travel website said that it will not be part of the Facebookâ€™s Internet.org initiative. Earlier Indiaâ€™s top ecommerce site Flipkart refused to be the part of Airtel Zero initiative from Indiaâ€™s leading telecom company Bharti Airtel.
This is also going to be a death-knell for Reliance Communicationsâ€™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.
Cleartrip in a statement said, â€œSince 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 fastâ€.
The statement while detailing the reason why it was pulling out said, â€œSo 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 In light of this, Cleartrip has withdrawn our association with and participation in Internet.org entirelyâ€. Now there are signs that Airtel Zero is going to die its natural death and the same fate may be awaiting Internet.org too.