Free Fb-Backed Web for Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians Shut Down
A Fb-sponsored service that gives restricted free Web entry was suspended in Egypt on Wednesday after a allow required from the federal government was not renewed, an official from the Telecommunications Ministry advised Reuters.
Fb’s Free Fundamentals service, which goals to offer free entry to Fb and a few companion web sites in creating nations, was launched in Egypt two months in the past by the cellular service Etisalat.
The official, who declined to be named, stated Etisalat had solely been granted a allow to supply the service for 2 months and that, when it expired on Wednesday, the service was suspended. The suspension was not associated to safety considerations, the official stated.
Etisalat stated solely that it will launch a press release on Thursday.
Social media web sites similar to Fb performed a key organizing position in Egypt’s 2011 rebellion that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak.