Article Lead Image will give people in developing countries access to the Web

Facebook's latest attempt to get the world online.


Micah Singleton


Posted on Jul 31, 2014   Updated on May 30, 2021, 8:48 pm CDT

Facebook is attempting to get the world online through its initiative. Its latest attempt to connect the entire world to the Web involves the app, an Android app introduced today by Facebook will give users in developing countries free access without data charges to Google search, Facebook, Wikipedia, weather, and health information.

Currently only available to Airtel customers in Zambia, the app is meant to provide basic but crucial services, with features like weather from AccuWeather, health information from Facts of Life, and even a Zambia jobs board.

Guy Rosen, Facebook’s Product Management Director said, “with this app, people can browse a set of useful health, employment and local information services without data charges. By providing free basic services via the app, we hope to bring more people online and help them discover valuable services they might not have otherwise.”

Facebook says it will continue to improve on the app as it prepares to “roll it out to other parts of the world.”

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*First Published: Jul 31, 2014, 10:28 am CDT