Facebook clarifies on ‘Internet.org’ profile picture issue

New Delhi: Social networking giant Facebook on Tuesday defended itself on the ‘Internet.org’ profile picture imbroglio and said that the issue on the site was a mistake by an engineer which had nothing to do with Internet.org’s publicity plans in the country.

“There is absolutely no connection between updating your profile picture for ‘Digital India’ and Internet.org. An engineer by mistake used the words ‘Internet.org profile picture’ as a shorthand name he chose for part of the code,” a Facebook spokesperson said. “But this product in no way connects to or registers support for Internet.org. We are changing the code today to eliminate any confusion,” he added.

Chief executive of social networking giant Mark Zuckerberg after meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi had sent out a post asking people to change their profile picture with the tricolour shade to show their support for the ‘Digital India’ initiative. The reaction comes after the social networking giant saw people posting against changing the hues of profile pictures as in their words it would mean supporting Internet.org and not ‘Digital India’.

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