Tricolour Digital India Picture Has No Connection To Net Neutrality

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There is a rock solid reaction to the visit of Narendra Modi to the USA, the whole world has witnessed it. The way it had started with a welcome video from Sundar Pichai, CEO, Google, the assumptions were boosted that this trip is going to bring positive outcome for the nation. Later, Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO, Facebook paid the gesture by writing a post on his Facebook timeline followed by a thanking note from the Prime Minister, Modi.

Since then, all eyes were on Modi, his visit and how he gets treated at the US and Startup Hub (Silicon Valley), the response from the USA overwhelmed every proud citizen of India and turned out an overdose of pride for being an Indian. With his trip came to an end, he met Obama and Cameron, and the way they greeted him, it looks like India-US bond is going to be solid as never been from a long time.

Showing the notable support to the Digital India campaign, Mark Zuckerberg changed his profile picture on Facebook with a tricolour (edit) on it and marked the note “created using”

Within seconds, it has waved the entire nation and profile picture started turning out to a Tricolour Digital India picture having your own profile picture framed in it. Modi has also changed his profile picture and shared the message to support the Digital India campaign by adding this feature to the profile picture. Earlier in a meet at US, Modi also quoted that he believes in “M-Governance” i.e. Mobile Governance.


Even before the phenomena could properly go viral, someone noticed that when you change your display picture, the HTML code underneath has a bit that contains the word Internetorg and indirectly, it’s marking your vote against net neutrality. All hell broke loose immediately.

Several media houses published the story saying the same. Many wondered that why is this wrong happening? Why are they misleading the people? And moreover, it gave a strong point to the groups who are as always stand against to Modi. They started bashing out at Modi and alleged that Modi-Zuckerberg are trying to camouflage the citizens of India by using the impression of Tricolour. Much said even before analyzing the facts and the story went more viral on social media than the Digital India campaign.

Nobody bothered that the founder of Facebook is doing something to bring a change and moreover, coming ahead to support the nation but as always, not everyone cares as they bear “right to criticize” as their priority.

Media houses claimed with some screenshots of the source code that changing your display picture to support Digital India will automatically pledge your support for, a controversial Facebook initiative whose stated aim is to provide basic internet services free of cost to those who can’t afford the full version of the internet. In other words, they meant that it will raise the favor to go against the net neutrality. The interesting part is as the story was going viral, few media houses have also sponsored their post on Facebook so that the rumors can be spread more frequently.

Here’s what a Facebook spokesperson told HuffPost India:

“There is absolutely no connection between updating your profile picture for digital India and An engineer mistakenly used the words “ profile picture” as a shorthand name he chose for part of the code. But this product in no way connects to or registers support for We are changing the code today to eliminate any confusion.”

So, now is the time to bend those rumors to the false faces and give an end to it. Without giving a second thought, pull off your hesitation that it may go against the net neutrality and patently express your support for Digital India because it’s all about the digital empowered society.

Tricolour Facebook Profile Picture will surely give more power to access the Digital India and this supporting factor will be counted as a vote to it. It’s never too late to do some good, do your bit today.

Information Reference: The Huffington Post


Ayush Garg

Content Developer. Strategist. (A true) Startup Enthusiast. A kind of a guy who relies on analysis, and writes to spoil the masks. A threat to humor, if one liners could kill. Twitter: @profylayush.

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