Facebook has turned its free internet service providing project Internet.org into a platform. This is being seen as a step to cope with the criticism being faced by the social networking company for “hand-picking” the services which would be available for free to the new users – this was said to be the violation of the principles of net neutrality.
The net neutrality debate forced many Facebook partners to withdraw themselves from the Internet.org service.
In a blog post, Facebook said: “Today, we’re introducing the Internet.org Platform, an open program for developers to easily create services that integrate with Internet.org. We’re also giving people more choice over the free basic services they can use.”
Facebook says that it wants as many as entrepreneurs and developers as possible to be a part of Internet.org. Through the Internet.org platform, developers can now create services that will be easily integrated with Internet.org initiative. Currently, the main areas of focus are information, communication, and education.
Here are some guidelines that you need to follow before applying for registering yourself as a platform.
- Services should encourage the exploration of the broader internet wherever possible.
- Websites that require high-bandwidth will not be included. Services should not use VoIP, video, file transfer, high resolution photos, or high volume of photos.
Visit this link for more information and registering yourself on Internet.org platform.