Following Ban In India, Free Basics From Facebook Suspended In Egypt

By 03:16 Fri, 30 Jul 2021 Comments

A week after it was banned in India, Facebook's Free Basics service - which aims to bring affordable Internet to the 5 billion people in the world who otherwise can’t access it - has been suspended in Egypt.

The service was suspended following the expiry of a mandatory permit that the Egyptian government issues. Free Basics was launched in the country only a couple of months ago, and according to Facebook, around 3 million people had already signed up for it, of which 1 million were accessing the Internet for the first time.

"We're disappointed that Free Basics will no longer be available in Egypt," the social networking company assumed in a statement, adding that it hopes "resolve this situation soon." It isn't yet clear whether or not the suspension was related to net-neutrality concerns, as was the case in India.

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