However, Zuckerberg had rejected criticism that his programme, which has RCom as a partner in India, was against the concept of Net Neutrality. is a Facebook-led initiative which states that it aims to bring 5 billion people online in partnership with tech giants like Smasung and Qualcomm.

Facebook's partnership with Reliance Communications to provide free Internet access to 33 websites as part of its initiative has raised quite a few eyebrows with free Internet activists saying that it violates the idea of Net Neutrality.

The debate in India also been triggered by mobile operator Airtel introducing an open marketing platform 'Airtel Zero', and TRAI's consultation paper on whether telecom firms can be allowed to charge different rates for different uses of Internet data like email, Internet browsing and use of apps like Whatsapp, Viber and Sky.

Zuckerberg, who has achieved a cult status after founding the world's largest free social networking platform, defended his initiative in a discussion.

He said "For people who are not on the Internet though, having some connectivity and some ability to share is always much better than having no ability to connect and share at all. That's why programmes like are important and can co-exist with net neutrality regulations."

Net neutrality implies equal treatment be accorded to all Internet traffic and no priority be given to an entity or company based on payment to service providers like the telecom companies, which is seen as discriminatory.

Zuckerberg added net neutrality is important to "make sure network operators don't discriminate and limit access to services people want to use, especially in countries where most people are online".