But in 2016, the program (now renamed Free Basics) was banned by India Telecom Regulatory Authority, which claims to violate political neutrality. Although this has slowed down, it continues to emerge, unintentionally, going to other countries in developing countries. In 2018, Facebook He said Internet.org had lost 100 million people online. By 2019, FreeBasics was available in 65 countries, about 30 of them in Africa. Last year, the company began rolling out Facebook Discover, which allows internet users to get very low traffic everything websites (not just Facebook stuff) even after.
Versions of these apps are found in Afghanistan, where many internet users compare Facebook, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp to the rest of the internet. Even for those who have access to the entire internet, the things that Facebook sells are very helpful. For example, WhatsApp has long played a role in replacing the most expensive and insecure phones in the world. Around the world, many small businesses rely on Facebook tools to market and market their products.
All of this means that while the shortfall has had a profound effect, security agencies, such as Afghan refugee groups, and vulnerable individuals, such as Afghans in hiding, fear retaliation against the Taliban, and expect news – often via Whatsapp – to change.
“They are already incredibly tired and anxious. Losing the opportunity to connect with each other and trusted friends in another country is … destructive,” said Ruchi Kumar, an Indian journalist from Istanbul (and MIT Technology Review contributor) who is also involved in helping people in Afghanistan. “Many are on the verge of suicide, as a result of the deaths and violence they have witnessed last month.” The unpredictable release of their main way of connecting with the outside world also heightened despair, uncertainty, and feelings of abandonment. Losing the opportunity to be saved, right now “is real life or death.”
It was midnight Kumar and Bezhan when Facebook started to resurface, but even so, some of the other features, including search and information, were still not available. Bezhan had not yet heard for a moment if he would add the name to his survival.
But he is also worried that his Afghan friends might jump in to explain what had caused the disruption. For weeks after Kabul’s fall, there have been rumors that the Taliban had cut off the internet. “I think he’s making a rumor and coming up with a story about how the new government is banning journalists,” he says.
They could not be alone. Responding to the same concerns, a spokesman for the Ministry of Communications in the Democratic Republic of Congo – a well-known country internet closure initiated by the government– went on Twitter to correct the record: “Internet use has not been cut off,” he wrote at 4:05 pm ET. “It is the global crippling darkness of WhatsApp, Facebook, and Instagram. Some apps like Twitter work normally. The same applies to the entire internet. ”
This article has been edited from Kumar on the subject matter.