Facebook has opened up Internet.org to developers, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Monday. The Internet.org Platform will allow developers to create apps and services that are easily integrated with the service Facebook uses to provide internet access to underserved areas of the world.

Facebook posted about the Internet.org Platform in its Newsroom blog:

At the core of our efforts with Internet.org are non-exclusive partnerships with mobile operators to offer free basic internet services to people through Internet.org. This is a set of basic websites and services to introduce people to the value of the internet, and that we hope add value to their lives.

These websites are very simple and data efficient, so operators can offer these for free in an economically sustainable way. Websites do not pay to be included, and operators don’t charge developers for the data people use for their services.

Because these services have to be specially built to these specifications, we started by offering just a few. But giving people more choice over the services they use is incredibly important and going forward, people using Internet.org will be able to search for and use services that meet these guidelines.

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Announcing the Internet.org Platform from Facebook on Vimeo.