Changing your Facebook profile picture isn't the same as supporting Internet.org

Many started changing their profile pictures to the tricolour, some in support of Digital India and some others because they found it really cool (just as we saw in the case of LGBT support).


Almost every one of us perhaps supports the creation of a digitally empowered society and given the Digital India initiative promises to do just that, a lot of us support that as well. On Sunday, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg revealed a new feature in which your profile picture got a filter of a tricolour so that you could join him in supporting Digital India. Many started changing their profile pictures with the tricolour, some in support of Digital India and some others because they found it really cool (just as we saw in the case of LGBT support).

So, what has possibly sparked the controversy for supporting such a noble cause. Here's the problem - the source code as revealed by TheNextWeb claims that the profile picture is 'not'in support of Digital India, but for Facebook's Internet.org initiative. Yes, the same infamous Internet.org that has now been renamed to 'Free Basics'.

 Changing your Facebook profile picture isnt the same as supporting Internet.org

Image: TheNextWeb

"While you might be updating your profile pic to (look cool) show your support towards Digital India, Facebook is counting it as a support for Internet.org," the report further said.

Facebook’s Internet.org, launched in India earlier this year, has been facing a massive backlash. The net neutrality debate and massive public outrage had made many take sides, and some big firms like NDTV, Cleartrip and some properties of Times Group have decided to part ways with Internet.org as a result.

However, another report by Huffington Post dispelled this and quotes a Facebook spokesperson as saying that the profile picture won't mean you're pledging your support for Internet.org and it means you only support Digital India.

A Facebook spokesperson told the news site, "There is absolutely no connection between updating your profile picture for digital India and Internet.org. An engineer mistakenly used the words "Internet.org profile picture" as a shorthand name he chose for part of the code. But this product in no way connects to or registers support for Internet.org. We are changing the code today to eliminate any confusion."

So you don't really need to worry about supporting Internet.org or Free Basic by changing your display picture.


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