Facebook’s Internet.org project renamed as ‘Free Basics’

Facebook’s Internet.org project renamed as ‘Free Basics’

In a Thursday announcement, Facebook said that it is changing the name of its global Internet connection project from ‘Internet.org’ to ‘Free Basics.’

The renaming of the Internet.org project as Free Basics is part of Facebook’s move to give a makeover to the project. Other than the name change, the makeover of Internet.org project will include more security and granular control.

About the renaming move, Facebook said that the change of Internet.org project’s name to Free Basics is consistent across the app as well as the mobile website.

Since the Facebook Internet.org project is basically the social network’s worldwide initiative to reach Internet connectivity to approximately 5 billion people who currently lack Internet access, a recent blog post by Facebook has revealed that the change of the project’s name to Free Basics will “better distinguish the Internet.org initiative from the programs and services we're providing, including Free Basics.”

With regard to the change of name of Internet.org project to Free Basics, Facebook said in the blog post: "Anyone currently using the app will be able to continue using the Android app, though it will now be called Free Basics by Facebook in Google Play."

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