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Facebook[3] Zero is a service launched by Facebook in May 2010, which offers free, or zero-rated, data access to its social media[2] platform. It was introduced at the Mobile World Congress and deployed in collaboration with 50 mobile operators globally. The service aims to target emerging markets where data caps present a barrier to internet[4] access. Its influence has been significant, particularly in Africa, and has inspired similar initiatives like Wikipedia Zero and Google[5] Free Zone. However, it has faced controversies, such as claims of violating net neutrality[1] principles and promoting a closed web. These issues have led to bans in countries like India and Chile. Despite these challenges, Facebook Zero has played a crucial role in expanding Facebook’s user base in developing countries, indicating its significant global impact.

Terms definitions
1. net neutrality. Net neutrality is a guiding principle that preserves the open and unrestricted nature of the internet. It ensures that all internet traffic is treated equally, without any discrimination or preference given to any particular content, website, or application. Net neutrality regulations prevent Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from favoring one type of content over another, enabling equal access for everyone. This principle promotes freedom, competition, and innovation by preventing ISPs from manipulating speed or access conditions. It's also a hot topic in policy debates, with differing regulations and enforcement across regions and countries. Recent developments include the repeal of net neutrality rules in the US in 2017, and strong regulations approved by the Indian Government in 2018. The impact of net neutrality on users, competition, and innovation is significant, shaping the internet as we know it.
2. social media. Social media is a broad term encompassing a variety of digital tools and platforms that facilitate the sharing of information and the creation of virtual communities. Emerging from early systems like PLATO and ARPANET, it has evolved into modern platforms like Facebook and Twitter. These platforms offer unique features that differentiate them from traditional media, including the ability for users to generate content and engage in dialogic communication. They cater to over 100 million users globally and offer different forms of services, such as messaging apps and collaborative content creation platforms. The use of social media has far-reaching impacts on individuals, society, and businesses, influencing everything from marketing practices to political processes. However, it's also associated with ethical concerns, such as the spread of misinformation and potential addiction.
Facebook Zero (Wikipedia)

Facebook Zero is an initiative undertaken by social networking service company Facebook in collaboration with mobile phone-based Internet providers, whereby the providers waive data (bandwidth) charges (also known as zero-rate) for accessing Facebook on phones via a stripped-down text-only version of its mobile website (as opposed to the ordinary mobile website that also loads pictures). The stripped-down version is available online only through providers who have entered the agreement with Facebook. Photos are not loaded by default. Users may still choose to view them by clicking through but regular data charges apply to photo use.

Facebook Zero
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OwnerMeta Platforms, Inc.
Created byMark Zuckerberg
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