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Facebook Offers Free Web Capabilities to Those Who Need It

Posted on 7.31.2014

Facebook's revenue from Q2 2014 was more than $2.9 billion.

With a 61 percent increase compared to Q2 2013, Facebook is giving back. With its latest move the company is bringing the Internet to those who might not have it otherwise.

Facebook recently announced the launch of their Internet.org app which (also freely available as a mobile website for non-smartphones) aims to provide free access to the Internet to anyone who owns a mobile phone with online capabilities.

The app will first be available for Airtel subscribers in Zambia and will allow users to access multiple websites including AccuWeather, Facebook, Google Search and Wikipedia. If users click on links that take them out of the free services they will receive a pop-up message alerting them they will be charged on their current data plan or they need to purchase on in order to continue.

Facebook’s blog states, “With this app, people can browse a set of useful health, employment and local information services without data charges. By providing free basic services via the app, we hope to bring more people online and help them discover valuable services they might not have otherwise.”

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