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Here’s Why You Should NOT Change Your Profile Pic to Digital India Tricolor

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Short Bytes: If you check the source code of Digital India profile picture, you’ll realize that your new picture is being called as “internetOrgProfilePicture__prideAvatar” by Facebook. Read more to know why it sounds fishy.

At the Facebook HQ, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and CEO took part in a public Q&A and vowed their support to the Digital India initiative. Both of them changed their Facebook profile pictures to Digital India filter and people are following the same course.

By converting your Facebook profile pictures into the hue of Indian flag, you are unknowingly casting your vote to support Internet.org. Internet.org  defies the basic idea of net neutrality (read free and open internet).

While Digital India program aims to transform the Indian economy and empower it digitally, Internet.org is a different story. At fossBytes, we support the Digital India initiative, but Mark Zuckerberg’s Internet.org policies are way too shady. The social network has faced much flak over the issue and we don’t support it either.

The Digital India profile picture tool, with the URL https://fb.com/supportdigitalindia, is there to support your support the “Digital India” campaign, but there’s something more to this story. Behind this, there’s a hidden story that hints that Facebook CEO is promoting his controversial internet.org initiative.

If you check the source code of the Digital India profile picture page, you’ll realize that your new picture is being called as “internetOrgProfilePicture__prideAvatar” by Facebook. Just open this linkpress ctrl+U to open the source code and search for the same.

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Zuckerberg’s Internet.org is under the vigilant eyes for its anti-net neutrality nature. The mention of internet.org sounds fishy in the HTML source code as it counts as your approval to Internet.org and its anti-net neutrality nature.

Digital India is a great initiative, but this hidden agenda of Facebook is nothing less than evil. It’s possible that Facebook is using this stat as a measure to gain some information about your net neutrality stance and use this data in future.

It doesn’t prove anything but it says one thing loud and clear: Mark Zuckerberg will try to prove internet.org as one of many ways in which Digital India can be achieved.

Update: Later Facebook spokesperson tried to handle the situation with this statement: “There is absolutely no connection between updating your profile picture for digital India and Internet.org. An engineer mistakenly used the words ‘Internet.org profile picture’ as a shorthand name he chose for part of the code. But this product in no way connects to or registers support for Internet.org. We are changing the code today to eliminate any confusion.” Read More.

Read more on Reddit.

What are your thoughts? Tell us in the comments below.

Read more: What is Net Neutrality and Why Should You Care? (The Ultimate Guide)

21 thoughts on “Here’s Why You Should NOT Change Your Profile Pic to Digital India Tricolor”

  1. ” An engineer mistakenly used the words ‘Internet.org profile picture’ as a shorthand name he chose for part of the code. ”

    Engineers don’t mistakenly do anything except create working code…

  2. Hy admin u better remove thiz post.. Coz having internetOrg as the class name of an element doesn’t mean that it ia fishy.. If u knew css and html u wont write it.. Itz completely the developer’s wish to name the class he wants..

  3. overreacted post as usual :/ it’s just a class name, if that engineer called it ILovePinguins, it wouldnt mean that he’s suffering of zoophilia

  4. It is just a css mistake, there is nothing fishy in it and they have fixed it already. Work on your technical skills before you become an admin.

  5. Didn’t expect such a low quality article from FOSSBytes… A CSS Style tag becomes a huge “conspiracy theory”!
    Usually, developers copy-paste style tags from one page to another… They usually only change what matters, not names!

  6. You should remove this post as such is there no more. He just used a name in the code which can be anything at all. If he used his name would that mean he is promoting himself?

  7. If the intention was to gather information and used it, they wouldn’t be so obvious. Besides, how difficult is to get information from your own site?

  8. Bt what now ??? We have changed already. Now is there something we can do to stop tat or anything

    1. Dont believe in crappy things. A css class name can be anything as per the wish of Developer and and it can be changed later by an page editor. U can name it as ‘chutiyapa’ also if u wish…

  9. " An engineer mistakenly used the words ‘Internet.org profile picture’ as a shorthand name he chose for part of the code. "

    Engineers don't mistakenly do anything except create working code…

  10. Hy admin u better remove thiz post.. Coz having internetOrg as the class name of an element doesn't mean that it ia fishy.. If u knew css and html u wont write it.. Itz completely the developer's wish to name the class he wants..

  11. Anushka Trivedi

    u know i actually did open the link and the code. they changed it to digitalindiaprofilepic. high five facebook

  12. Didn't expect such a low quality article from FOSSBytes… A CSS Style tag becomes a huge "conspiracy theory"!
    Usually, developers copy-paste style tags from one page to another… They usually only change what matters, not names!

  13. You should remove this post as such is there no more. He just used a name in the code which can be anything at all. If he used his name would that mean he is promoting himself?

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