Facebook Connectivity Begins Testing Stand-Alone App Discover in Peru

Users can view any website minus video, audio and other high-bandwidth content

Facebook Connectivity is testing an extension of its Free Basics initiative to provide people with free internet access with its debut of stand-alone mobile web and Android application Discover in Peru.

Wireless carriers Bitel, Claro, Entel and Movistar are partners in the test, and product manager Yoav Zeevi said in a blog post that Facebook incorporated feedback and recommendations from civil society groups and other stakeholders, including organizations like the World Wide Web Foundation.

Participating mobile operators provide a daily balance of free data, and Discover users will be notified when that data is available.

Discover can be used to browse any website, but web traffic is routed through the Discover proxy and temporarily decrypted so that video, audio and other high-bandwidth content can be removed.



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