Facebook Wants To Bring Internet To The 3rd World

Facebook Wants To Bring Internet To The 3rd World

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took the stage earlier today to discuss the all new Internet.org initiative. The non-profit organization hopes to bring Internet to the far ends of the Earth. Samsung, Ericsson, Opera, Nokia, Qualcomm, and Mediatek are all partnering with Facebook to make this a reality. Their goal is to bring mobile Internet access to the vast population of the planet that does not currently have this luxury.

While this seems like a benevolent gesture on the surface, let’s look a bit deeper. Every company involved in this plan profits in some way shape or form from Increased mobile Internet usage. Compare this to the actions of the Gates Foundation which battles Malaria and has reduced the worldwide spread of the disease by almost 50% in 10 years. Hmmm… if they were really concerned with connectivity, why not ensure all US schools have adequate IT infrastructure? Oh wait… they’ve already sold Facebook to all those kids. Why invest any more money into their futures?

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