Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has been talking about his disappointment about India’s telecoms regulator nixing the social network’s Free Basics initiative on the grounds of net neutrality.
However, Zuckerberg told the audience at his Mobile World Congress keynote that Facebook will not be dissuaded from continuing its efforts to bring internet access to the developing world.
“We believe that everyone should have access to the Internet, and it’s kind of crazy that we’re sitting here and 4 billion people in the world don’t,” he said.
“I think that a lot of people think that companies just care a lot about making money. But I built Facebook because I wanted to connect people at college. I never thought we would make money.”
The Pew Research Center has just released some interesting data on internet usage in the developing world, actually.
“About half of adults across the 29 emerging and developing economies surveyed say that they use the internet,” it reported. “About a third of people across emerging and developing nations reported owning a smartphone in 2015.”