Wikimedia Zero, a service that provides access to Wikipedia content from mobile phones at zero cost, that is, without having to pay mobile data, has ceased to exist.
Wikipedia Zero was launched in 2012 with the intention of promoting Internet access in emerging countries, and became available through 97 mobile operators in 72 countries.
According to Wikimedia, the service ended after “a significant decrease in adoption and interest in the program.”
One of its main reasons is that in recent years, the price of mobile data has declined considerably, even in continents such as Africa, where the price remains the highest in the world (compared to the average per capita income).
Another factor that led to the death of Wikipedia Zero is that, it was not accessible in all countries. Why? Because the free services directly affected the neutrality of the network and this is not allowed in all countries.
Wikipedia Zero is not the only initiative that carries the idea of being a threat to Internet freedom due to positive discrimination. Free Basics by Facebook , formerly known as Internet.org was banned in countries like India .