Mark Zuckerberg's Internet.org Ambitions Are 'Disingenuous' And Not About Humanitarianism: Critics

08/27/2013 05:45 pm ET
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A group of tech moguls wants to bring internet access to the entire world, insisting that it's a human right. Last week, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg announced Internet.org, a partnership with the world's largest mobile technology companies that he said aims to "make Internet access available to the two-thirds of the world who are not yet connected."

But is Internet.org really about humanitarianism, or is it more about Facebook trying to expand its reach?

On HuffPost Live Monday, guests debated the merit of Zuckerberg's latest project. Jillian York, a director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said she is concerned with corporations being at the helm of this.

"I don't think this is internet as a human right, I think it's Facebook as a human right," York told HuffPost Live's Alyona Minkovski.

Ben Popper, business editor at The Verge, noted that Zuckerberg is already hard at work getting Facebook to those who don't have internet access and said the way he presented Internet.org did mislead some people to think it was a nonprofit or charitable effort.

"It was a little disingenuous to frame it as a human rights mission," he said.

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