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Facebook says its free Internet service to over 3 million Egyptians shut down: AP

AP , Wednesday 30 Dec 2015
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A program that had been giving free basic Internet services to over three million Egyptians was shut down on Wednesday, social media site Facebook said.

In a statement to The Associated Press, Facebook said it hoped to "resolve this situation soon" so the program, which it had launched with Etisalat Egypt some two months ago, could be restored.

"We're disappointed that Free Basics will no longer be available in Egypt," it said. "More than 1 million people who were previously unconnected had been using the Internet because of these efforts."

The service, which is aimed at users in developing countries, connects a billion people worldwide, providing free health, education, and economic information.

It was not immediately clear why the program was halted. Neither Etisalat nor Egyptian officials could immediately be reached for comment. The program was recently highlighted at an entrepreneurship fair in Cairo.

Facebook and other social media sites are extremely popular in Egypt, and were used to organise protests during the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

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31-12-2015 06:15am
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Facebook corrupting Egyptian Youth
There are 2 theories why Facebook is corrupting the minds of Egyptian youth and therefore its free internet service was blocked by the Egyptian government: (1) The service provides free health, education, and economic information; and who wants that! or (2) Facebook is extremely popular in Egypt, and was used to organize protests during the 2011 uprising that toppled Mubarak; God forbids it's used again to topple another Egyptian army dictator!
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