Recode is reporting that Facebook will be creating a “social network” for the poor and underprivileged in India and Bangladesh.
The news comes on the heels of the launch of Facebook India today, which has over a million active users in the country.
Facebook has been testing this social network in India for the past few months, and the new app will be available on both Android and iOS devices.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has promised to “make the world a better place” by opening up more services to the poor, but the social network will be the first place users will have access to in India.
Facebook India, like many other countries, has been looking to grow its user base for the last decade.
The app, which was created to be a place where people can connect with other users across different social networks, will also include a number of other features, including a global search bar, “a photo sharing area for those who need it,” and “a community forum where you can ask questions, share news, and ask for help.”
India is the first country to launch Facebook India.
The Prime Minister has said he will make India a global city and wants the country to be “the first in the world to offer universal access to internet,” so Facebook will provide a “comprehensive ecosystem.”
The Indian government has already said that Facebook is making a “good start” in India, and that it is “working with the Indian government to make the app available in the first phase of the country’s connectivity and infrastructure modernization efforts.”
We’ll be sure to bring you more coverage as the story develops.