People in or from poor countries: “For better or for worse, Facebook has maneuvered itself and WhatsApp into being the only affordable international means of communication for us—so when FB went down, even just for a few hours, it had the potential to become a major problem for our communities.”
Joe American, Techville, USA: “Why didn’t you just use another free app, roflmao, kek, lol”
@botaflo On mobile internet, yes. You can either pay a lot to access the entire internet, or pay 20 times less to access only the FB-owned apps.
@erkhyan that's horrible ! It's so unfair ! I was totally unaware about such pricing policy. I'm really sorry for you. 😥
@botaflo @erkhyan It's pretty common in Turkey too, they sell discounted/unlimited subscriptions to stuff like facebook, youtube, spotify, and recently tiktok ofc. Normal data is pricy (e.g., for a few months, when I moved, I tried to only use mobile data, my bill went up 10x, and I had only used 50GB data, the difference being like $40 for 5GB which is usually enough vs. $350 for 50 [in terms of monthly economic impact, not conversion, which is more like $5 vs $35]).
@mara @botaflo @erkhyan IDK if these corporations themselves are active or really involved at all here. For these carriers I thinks it's profitable to sell these plans bc they can keep you paying for other stuff that you don't really use that often, as everything is sold in packages, i.e. to get that cheap/free FB & WhatsApp you need to buy a subscription that'll include calls and SMS (usually way more than you can ever use up), because on its own it's expensive. At least that's how it is here.
@mara @cadadr @botaflo @erkhyan Could it be that FB, etc, have points of presence in the countries and pay for the under-sea fibre connections between their own data centres whereas for general internet the cell phone companies would pay for that back haul. Also FB-to-FB comms within the country wouldn't need the fibre whereas even email between different providers there likely would.
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