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Facebook unveils Internet app, starting in Zambia

Published on Jul 31, 2014 9:18 PM
 
The splash page for the Internet social media giant Facebook taken on Feb 25, 2013, in Washington, DC. Facebook on Thursday, July 31, 2014, unveiled an app to allow people around the world with mobile phones but no Internet access to access online services for health, education and basic communications. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (AFP) - Facebook on Thursday unveiled an app to allow people around the world with mobile phones but no Internet access to access online services for health, education and basic communications.

The Internet.org app is being released first in Zambia, and is to be rolled out in other countries where Internet access is lacking or unaffordable, Facebook said.

"Over 85 per cent of the world's population lives in areas with existing cellular coverage, yet only about 30 per cent of the total population accesses the Internet," Facebook's Guy Rosen said in a blog post.

"Affordability and awareness are significant barriers to Internet adoption for many and today we are introducing the Internet.org app to make the Internet accessible to more people by providing a set of free basic services." The app allows people with Android-powered mobile phones to get free access to services including Wikipedia, Google Search, Facebook, AccuWeather and websites offering health and other services.

 
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