The initiative was to or not to ban Free Basics but to give freedom to the users to the entire web equally but the terms and conditions of Free Basics didn’t comply with this.
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After a silent war between the country and Facebook,finally TRAI banned it.
Free Basics was banned temporarily last December,but services like Airtel Zero and others were a subject of protest.
After the temporary ban Facebook itself didn’t surrender thus making the initiative more visible came back with campaigns polls to every user of Facebook also trying to promote Free Basics with Billboards spending an whooping amount of $45 M.
Zuckerberg defending the ban clarifies-“Instead of wanting to give people access to some basic internet services for free, critics of the program continue to spread false claims — even if that means leaving behind a billion people,” he wrote, adding: “Who could possibly be against this“.
After this the advocates from India argued Free Basic was against rules and is a trick to plunder customers through their services.
Facebook started stating that the Free Basics was more humanitarian but also help other sites to take the market including Facebook itself via a recent video cast.
By the end, Facebook’s Free Basic came to a end where TRAI states “Prohibition of Discriminatory Tariffs for Data Services Regulations” clearly and no company as such could take the freedom of internet access and spreading of data from the people atleast it India as it suggests.