Monday, 4 May 2015

Facebook Announces the Platform

Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer of Facebook, speaks during the summit in New Delhi on Oct. 9, 2014.
Photographer: Udit Kulshrestha/Bloomberg
Zuckerberg: ''When people are connected, we can just do some great things. They have the opportunity to get access to jobs, education, health, communications. We have the opportunity to bring the people we care about closer to us. It really makes a big difference. The Internet is how we connect to the modern world.''
Facebook has announced the introduction of the Platform, an open program for developers to easily create services that integrate with Facebook says it's a way of giving people more choice over the free basic services they can use.
''Our goal with is to work with as many developers and entrepreneurs as possible to extend the benefits of connectivity to diverse, local communities. To do this, we’re going to offer services through in a way that’s more transparent and inclusive.''
The goal of is to allow more people to experience the benefits of being online.
For most people who aren’t online, the biggest barrier to connecting isn’t lack of infrastructure – more than 80% of the world’s population already lives within range of a mobile signal. Instead, the biggest challenges are affordability of the internet, and awareness of how internet services are valuable to them.
The Platform aims to give people valuable free services that they can use to discover the entire wealth of online services and, ultimately become paying users of the internet.
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