Net Neutrality: Facebook opens up to developers

Facebook today announced its platform for developers, intentionally to pacify Net Neutrality critics. The platform will be open to all content and application developers who meet “certain guidelines”, including content being built for browsing on both feature and smartphones and in limited bandwidth scenarios. Through the platform, developers can now create services that will be easily integrated with initiative. Initially, the main areas of focus are communication, information, and education.

In India, service was launched in February this year, partnered with Reliance Communications and around 33 content and services providers to provide free Internet access. Later on the net neutrality debate, which stands for equal treatment to be accorded to all Internet traffic, forced many Facebook partners to withdraw themselves from the service. This was said to be the violation of the principles of net neutrality.

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Now this significant move by Facebook is aimed to dispel myths and facts around its service, how it doesn’t violate but actually supports and can co-exist with the principles of net neutrality.

“The goal with 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 in a way that’s more transparent and inclusive. At the core of our efforts with are non-exclusive partnerships with mobile operators to offer free basic internet services to people through This is a set of basic websites and services to introduce people to the value of the internet, and that we hope add value to their lives,” Facebook stated in a newsroom blog post.

Watch this announcement video by Facebook owner Mark Zuckerberg. is non‐exclusive and is open to anyone who meets given guidelines and wants to participate. Developers that join will need to follow three guidelines. These are designed to align all participants’ incentives and bring more people online. Participation will remain free for any developer or user.

Here are those three guidelines that you must need to follow before applying for registering yourself as a developer on platform :

  1. Explore the entire internet : The Platform aims to allow more people to experience the benefits of being online to give them valuable free services that they can use to discover the entire wealth of online services and, ultimately become paying users of the internet.
  2. Efficiency : Developers need to build apps/services that use data very efficiently. Websites must not require high-bandwidth and also services should not use VoIP, video, file transfer, high-resolution photos, or high volume of photos.
  3. Technical specifications : It is required that websites to be optimized for browsing on both feature and smartphones, and be free from JavaScript or SSL/TLS/HTTPS elements.

Visit this official link for more details about proposed guidelines and registering yourself on platform.

Source : Facebook Newsroom.

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