Monday, September 28, 2015

Your Facebook Tricolor Profile Picture Doesn't Support Digital India; rather it vote to support

Ever since Mark Zuckerberg changed his Facebook profile picture to a tricolor shade to show support to the Digital India campaign by the Modi government, we Indians have been following suit. Our timelines are flooded with tricolor profile pictures created Now like everybody, you may think this is a gesture to support digital India. But it is not.
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Truth is that this is a subtle, albeit clever, tactic to promote Facebook’s new initiative called Facebook, in collaboration with 6 companies, namely, Samsung, Ericsson, Media Tek, Opera Software  Nokia and Qualcomm, launched that plans to provide free internet services to developing countries.
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Now it may sound like a great philanthropic idea, one that would help digitalize even remote villages, it actually is a blow to internet freedom and net neutrality. Here’s why:
The free internet service will be available only to Reliance users, since the partnership is with Reliance. And the “free access” that is being much talked about it only to Facebook and its 50 partner sites, which is nothing but manipulating internet users with a carrot-stick tactic.
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Photo: © Facebook (Main Image)

What Really Happens When You Change Your Profile Pic?

A look at the source code and well, the profile pic is NOT for the support of Digital India, but for Facebook’s initiative.

What’s The Big Deal?

In a response to DoT, Facebook just announced that 17 million people have supported the service. The company has published all comments received (dropbox link/via) – which was (I believe) mostly collected from its CAN’T-SAY-NO-POLLS.
Facebook Trying To Prove Indians YES to
Facebook Trying To Prove Indians YES to
While you might be updating your profile pic to (look cool) show your support towards Digital India, Facebook is counting it as a support for !

Some time back, when the country had risen in support of net neutrality signing petitions to save it, big players like The Times of India and NDTV had pulled out of citing the violation of net neutrality.
So, if you think that by changing your profile picture you are supporting the cause of a digitalized India, don’t. You are unconsciously helping Facebook kill net neutrality. 
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