Facebook says the purpose of Discover is to help people with inconsistent internet access. The coronavirus pandemic has once again reminded us of the importance of digital transformation, as more and more people need a secure internet to work from home, go to school from home, or connect with friends and family. Reliable internet is a very difficult option in rural areas and for low-income families. Especially in countries like Peru, India, Iraq.
Yoac Zeevi (Facebook Product Manager) states in a blog post that Discover app is designed to help internet users around the world stay connected by regularly disconnecting from the internet for a period of time as they deplete their data balance, while Discover is designed to help bridge the gap and stay connected until they buy data again. .
Facebook says that the amount of free data varies by mobile operators and that the Discover app can provide the balance of free data. Trials in Peru are seen as a starting point, with each operator providing 10MB of data per day. It is unclear how much time 32 million users in Peru can spend online. Facebook Discover shows in initial tests that average people can load between 10-40 websites with the amount of free data provided. Facebook may roll out Discover in countries like Thailand, Philippines, and Iraq in the coming weeks. It expects operators to offer 20MB of free data every day in these countries as well.
Facebook says it doesn't pay mobile operators to provide free data for Discover in these countries. And he notes that in other countries, mobile operators may choose to offer Discover. It is a big question mark whether Facebook Discover will work or how long it will be kept in the coming years.