Facebook teams up with UN to provide Internet access to refugees.
The American social network enterprise, Facebook, has taken a measure to help refugees. CEO Mark Zuckerberg has pledged that his company would play its role to provide internet access to refugee camps. While addressing the United Nations Private Sector Forum, he stated that the company would collaborate with the intergovernmental organization to offer internet access to those who will not be allowed to utilize it elsewise, calling it an “enabler of human rights” and “force for peace.”
Zuckerberg also stated, “The Internet is more than just a network of machines; it is the key driver of social and economic progress in our time. A like or a post won’t stop a tank or bullet, but when people are connected, we have the chance to build a common global community with a shared understanding.”
The New York Times reported that Zuckerberg also pointed out that providing more people an opportunity to access the Internet would be more beneficial to the enterprise itself. He also stated, “It’s not all altruism. We all benefit when we are more connected.”
Facebook Breaking News exclaimed the CEO did not disclose details of where, how, and when the enterprise would initially let asylum seekers access Internet, but the company’s Internet.org nonprofit had been previously introduced to solve the problem. The group collaborates with telecom firms and governments for users to access Internet free of charge.
Facebook News affirmed that the General Assembly building of United Nations has recently exhibited components of the organization’s internet-supporting drone, a huge product equivalent to the size of a passenger air craft that Zuckerberg stated would ultimately fly unpiloted around the globe, providing Wi-Fi signal to areas that have insufficient internet access.
The social media giant has called internet access “essential” for the less developed world, but experts have criticized Internet.org initiative as violating net neutrality, channeling users into preferred applications and facilities.
Facebook News today reported that offering internet access to refugees is just one part of the company’s plan. Google is participating in similar ventures, utilizing high-altitude balloons. Critics of these measures have stated that companies are interested in benefitting from growing pool of people employing their services, which principally earn money from advertising.
Others have complained that these companies are also making efforts to develop de facto monopolies on Internet access. It is probable that Zuckerberg’s announcement would be welcomed by human rights organizations. Facebook should offer Internet access to refugees while meeting the expectations of its fans.