“Egypt wanted to spy through Free Basics initiative of Facebook ‘

Apr

2

2016

The Free Basics initiative from Facebook, which allows users to use a limited form of Internet, according to the company could not be used by the Egyptian government to spy on citizens. That would be the reason that the service was taken in December from the air.

Facebook Two sources who would be familiar with the talks between Facebook and the Egyptian government confirm this story, as reported Reuters. It is unclear what exactly the government was trying to obtain kind of access. Facebook and telecom provider Etisalat, who conducted the service with a permit, did not comment.

Etisalat had in October received a license to conduct the Free Basics service for two months, but was not renewed after the expiry of that period. No reason when it was announced for this decision. A spokesman for the Egyptian Ministry of Telecommunications told Reuters late now know that this was motivated by the fact that the free Internet access would be detrimental to competition.

In September, Facebook had improved security Free Basics after criticism so users could make include easier to connect via secure https connections. It is unclear whether this decision has played a crucial role in taking off the air of authority in Egypt. In other countries the introduction of the service to be blocked for other reasons, as was determined in India that the service is contrary to the principle of net neutrality.

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