The social media giant has favoured allowing differential pricing of data services -- a key issue under net neutrality principles, in India specially zero rating platforms like its own controversy-ridden Free Basics.
 
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is holding consultation before framing up of recommendations for net neutrality rules. The telecom operators too have favoured differential pricing for data services.
    
Facebook's Free Basics, a zero rating platform, allows access to content or application hosted on it for free in partnership with telecom operator.
    
Facebook has said zero rating is permitted in the vast majority of jurisdictions around the world and these plans should be evaluated case by case, based on a number of criteria.

The social media major said that providing free Internet services without content restrictions is likely to have limited benefits because telecom operators will need to impose limit in terms of data consumed or download speed or time till when it will be free.

It said that free data programme, capped at a certain megabyte threshold, has greater potential for consumer confusion -particularly for those who are new to the Internet.