Facebook opens up Internet.org to third parties

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Facebook has today opened up internet.org, its platform that provides basic information-orientated services for free in developing countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Facebook will now allow developers to create apps on the platform which will be available free of charge through partner mobile networks where the platform has been launched.

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The social network is specifically favoring services that provide
information, communication, and education tools, with a strong preference for services in local languages.

We work with developers who are aligned with our mission of connecting people who are unconnected. Through the Internet.org Platform, developers can easily create services that integrate with Internet.org. So far, the main focal areas of our developer partners have been: information, communication, and education tools, with a strong preference for services in local languages.

Internet.org is currently available in Kenya, Zambia, Ghana in Africa. We’ve reliable information that Facebook has been planning to launch the service in partnership with Airtel and New Vision in Uganda by mid this year.