Free Basics good idea, says survey

Out of the 393 respondents, 77% feel that the Free Basics initiative is a good idea, but 67% of 328 respondents believe Facebook is abusing its position to urge users to support Free Basics


A file photo of the Net Neutrality webpage. InstaVaani polled 532 respondents across major metros in India on the issue of Net neutrality. Photo: Abhijit Bhatlekar/Mint
A file photo of the Net Neutrality webpage. InstaVaani polled 532 respondents across major metros in India on the issue of Net neutrality. Photo: Abhijit Bhatlekar/Mint

Net neutrality has become the subject of heated debate once again. This time around, the trigger is Facebook’s Free Basics campaign, for which the social media firm is using its own network, as well as every available platform, sparing no expense. In April, telco Bharti Airtel Ltd’s launch of Airtel Zero had first triggered the Net neutrality debate.

InstaVaani polled 532 respondents across major metros in India on the issue of Net neutrality to gauge their opinion.

It found that 77% of 393 respondents feel Facebook’s Free Basics initiative is a good idea.

At the same time, 67% of 328 respondents believe Facebook is abusing its position by using its own platform to urge users to support Free Basics.