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TRAI Chairman — Disregard comments from Facebook’s “Save Free Basics” submission platform

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“FB just listed an uncle’s account as having signed up to support Free Basics. He passed away two years ago.” — Harshal Modi, 3:58 PM – 18 Dec 2015 [1]

“I was reading the page, and suddenly a ‘thank you for signing’ pops up.” — Suchitra Karthik, 11:48 AM – 18 Dec 2015 [2]

Facebook is playing a dirty game — they’re misleading and tricking Indian citizens like you and me into endorsing their platform “Free Basics” in response to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) consultation paper on net neutrality. Facebook users are accusing Facebook of sending TRAI emails in their name, endorsing their platform, without their consent.

Facebook claims that Free Basics will create a “digitally equal India”. This could not be farther from the truth.

Free Basics (or, as you may remember it “Internet.org”) is a net neutrality–violating platform that Facebook launched to monopolise India’s rapidly growing Internet market. It offers Indians a walled off and limited version of the Internet that breaks very the principles of what make our Internet fair and open.

According to news reports, Facebook has already managed to send over 6 lakh emails to TRAI from its users. We don’t know how many of them were tricked into submitting a response, but what we do know is that this is just plain unethical.

We need to ask the TRAI Chairman RS Sharma to disregard all comments coming in from Facebook’s “Save Free Basics” submission platform, in response to the consultation paper on differential pricing, till the time a thorough investigation is done into claims of fraudulent submissions on behalf of users.

Sources:

1. https://twitter.com/grondmaster/status/677797484781957120

2. https://twitter.com/singersuchi/status/677734574319767552