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Millions of Facebook users have no idea they’re using the internet

Millions of Facebook users have no idea they re using the internet Quartz


Facebook is “often the only accessible application,” as Orriss puts it, but that’s because Facebook—which did not respond to requests to comment on this story—has worked to ensure that it is the easiest and cheapest to access. The company backs, an initiative to “bring the Internet to the two thirds of the world’s population that doesn’t have it.” Yet’s showpiece, an app now available in nearly half a dozen countries, provides free access only to Facebook, Facebook messenger, and a handful of other services (the precise lineup varies by country).

Most of these other services are well-meaning and related to development: Women’s rights. Jobs. Maternal-health information. An Ebola FAQ. The only concessions to the wider web are Wikipedia and Google search. But clicking through on a Google search result requires a data plan—and that must be paid for by the user. 

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For many people, Facebook is the Internet.

I still am figuring out what that means.

Reminds me of AOL in the 90s

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