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.

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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.

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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.

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