Twitter is offering Reliance subscribers free access to its platform during the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 (Hat Tip: Gururaj S). While this looks like a promotional offer and is most likely for a limited period of time, it's still a worrying development. We've written to Twitter India, and will update once we hear back. @nixxin how does this fit with net neutrality which, I thought, @twitter supports? @TwitterIndia thinks differently? pic.twitter.com/NRj3h0RSUk — Gururaj S (@Equateall) February 27, 2015 Last month, on the eve of the United States Federal Commission's (FCC) net neutrality proposal, Twitter had said on its blog that: Under net neutrality principles, consumers decide which lawful content, applications, and services they want to create, access or share with others. Currently, the Internet provides an almost frictionless experience for an individual to communicate with the world, and it also provides the lowest barrier to competitive entry for businesses the world has ever seen. It serves as a great equalizer in the access to information and in reaching a global audience. If you have an opinion or a new innovative web-based service, you don’t have to get permission to share it with the world at large.... Without such net neutrality principles in place, some of today’s most successful and widely-known Internet companies might never have come into existence. Given this stance, this current move is quite surprising (even if it's just a promotional campaign). It's also worth noting that Reliance Communications has historically been the first port-of-call for such deals: it was…
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