|Created by||Mark Zuckerberg|
Facebook Zero is an initiative undertaken by social networking service company Facebook in collaboration with mobile phone-based Internet providers, whereby the providers waive data (bandwidth) charges (also known as zero-rate) for accessing Facebook on phones via a stripped-down text-only version of its mobile website (as opposed to the ordinary mobile website m.facebook.com that also loads pictures). The stripped-down version is available online only through providers who have entered the agreement with Facebook. Photos are not loaded by default. Users may still choose to view them by clicking through but regular data charges apply to photo use.
Several carriers offer Facebook Zero:
- 23x15px Jordan: Zain Jordan
- 23x15px Albania: Telekom Albania; Vodafone Albania
- 23x15px Algeria: Djezzy; Mobilis
- 23x15px Angola: Unitel S.A.
- 23x15px Bangladesh: Grameenphone
- 23x15px Botswana: MASCOM
- 23x15px Cameroon: MTN Group
- 23x15px Canada: Freedom Mobile
- 23x15px Croatia: Bonbon; Hrvatski Telekom; MultiPlus Mobile; Simpa; Tomato; Vipnet
- 23x15px El Salvador: Movistar
- 23x15px Fiji: Digicel
- 23x15px France: SFR
- 23x15px Germany: E-Plus
- 23x15px Greece: Vodafone Greece; WIND Hellas
- 23x15px Georgia: MagtiCom
- 23x15px Guinea: MTN Group
- 23x15px Indonesia: XL Axiata
- 23x15px Kenya: Airtel Kenya
- 23x15px Kosovo: iPKO
- 23x15px Malaysia: DiGi
- 23x15px Morocco : Maroc Telecom
- File:Flag of Nepal.svg Nepal: Ncell
- 23x15px Pakistan:Telenor Pakistan;Zong Pakistan 
- 23x15px Palestine : Jawwal
- 23x15px Panama: Cable & Wireless Communications
- 23x15px Philippines: Smart
- 23x15px Poland: Play
- 23x15px Qatar: Vodafone Qatar
- 23x15px Saudi Arabia : Saudi Telecom Company 
- 23x15px South Africa: CellC; Vodacom
- 23x15px Suriname: Digicel
- 23x15px Trinidad and Tobago: Digicel
- 23x15px United Kingdom: Three
- 23x15px Zimbabwe: Telecel Zimbabwe
Reception and impactEdit
An article by Christopher Mims in Quartz in September 2012 stated that Facebook Zero played a very important role in Facebook's expansion in Africa over the 18 months following the release of Facebook Zero, noting that data charges could be a significant component of mobile usage cost and the waiving of these charges reduced a significant disincentive for people in Africa to use Facebook.
The Subsecretaría de Telecomunicaciones of Chile ruled that Zero-rating services like Wikipedia Zero, Facebook Zero, and Google Free Zone, that subsidize mobile data usage, violate net neutrality laws and had to end the practise by June 1, 2014.
In 2015, researchers evaluating how Facebook Zero shapes ICT use in the developing world found that 11% of Indonesians who said they used Facebook also said they did not use the Internet. 65% of Nigerians, 61% of Indonesians, and 58% of Indians agree with the statement that "Facebook is the Internet" compared with only 5% in the USScript error.
- Free Basics by Facebook
- Alliance for Affordable Internet
- Facebook for SIM
- Google Free Zone
- Twitter Zero
- Wikipedia Zero
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