London: As the controversial Internet.org continues to face criticism for violating the concept of Net neutrality, the inventor of the World Wide Web, has attacked Facebook's initiative.
Tim Berners-Lee, the English computer scientist who invented the World Wide Web back in 1989, was speaking before the Web We Want Festival in London's Southbank Centre, when he expressed his concern over the UK government re-introducing a more invasive version of the 'snooper's charter' - which gives the law enforcement agencies more power than ever to spy on the country's citizens.
He said that consumers should say no to initiatives such as Free Basics (formerly Internet.org), and added that if something that is being offered in the name of the Internet and isn't the full Internet, then it's not really free and public.
"In the particular case of somebody who's offering ... something which is branded internet, it's not internet, then you just say no. No it isn't free, no it isn't in the public domain, there are other ways of reducing the price of internet connectivity and giving something ... [only] giving people data connectivity to part of the network deliberately, I think is a step backwards."