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Facebook pushes Free Basics Platform in Africa

Facebook pushes Free Basics Platform in Africa.

Facebook has announced a partnership with Praekelt Foundation to reinforce the impact of the internet and encourage more organisations to create services for the Free Basics Platform.

According to the social network the Free Basics Platform, which is aimed at bring relevant basic internet services (with no data charges) to users in expanding markets, is live and available in 14 countries in Africa.

These countries include Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Senegal, Zambia, Ghana, Angola and Malawi.

"Mobile phone users in these countries now have access to a set of websites and services with no data charges, in categories including maternal health, education, news updates, as well as local information," says Facebook.

The company claims the programme is making an impact on people's lives by providing free health, education and economic information.

"When people are connected, they can achieve extraordinary things as individuals and as a community. Connectivity brings opportunity for people around the world, and we've seen this firsthand here in Africa, where we began this journey," said Ime Archibong, director of strategic partnerships at Facebook.

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