Facebook launched Internet.org in order to bring connectivity to mobile users in the developing countries like India. Today, the social network opened the Internet.org platform to developers.
However, the decision drew criticism from some online activists in India who expressed concern over Facebook's control over all data accessed in the service and said it violated the principles of an open web.
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Facebook states that Internet.org users will have better control over the applications they can use in future and the launch of it as a platform for developers is clearly a nod to acknowledge this.
"Our goal with Internet.org is to work with as many developers and entrepreneurs as possible to extend the benefits of connectivity to diverse, local communities. To do this, we're going to offer services through Internet.org in a way that's more transparent and inclusive".
Internet.org offers free access via mobile phones to pared-down web services, focused on job listings, agricultural information, healthcare and education, as well as Facebook's own social network and messaging services.
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Facebook said the parameters for developers to come on board Internet.org would be to make data-light content for both feature and smart phones. The company has also issued technical requirements which can be viewed on the Internet.org site.