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Facebook's Zuckerberg travels to Colombia to launch free Internet initiative for the poor

  • Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, left, and Minister of Information Technologies and Communications Diego Molano, pose for photographers outside the presidential palace in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. Zuckerberg is in Bogota to to launch an app providing free basic Internet service via cellphone connections in the South American country. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

    Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, left, and Minister of Information Technologies and Communications Diego Molano, pose for photographers outside the presidential palace in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. Zuckerberg is in Bogota to to launch an app providing free basic Internet service via cellphone connections in the South American country. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)  (The Associated Press)

  • Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, left, talks with Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos, during an event to launch in Colombia an app providing free basic Internet service via cellphone connections, at the presidential palace in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

    Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, left, talks with Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos, during an event to launch in Colombia an app providing free basic Internet service via cellphone connections, at the presidential palace in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)  (The Associated Press)

  • Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg smiles during an event to launch in Colombia an app providing free basic Internet service via cellphone connections, in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

    Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg smiles during an event to launch in Colombia an app providing free basic Internet service via cellphone connections, in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)  (The Associated Press)

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg traveled to Colombia on Wednesday to bring his global Internet-access initiative to Latin America

In an event with President Juan Manuel Santos, the billionaire explained how even low-end mobile phone users in Colombia will now be able to access for free a limited number of websites thanks to a partnership with a local cellular phone provider, Tigo.

Colombia is the fourth country in the world where Zuckerberg is rolling out Internet.org, which aims to bring the Internet to the two-thirds of the world's population that still lack access

It's Zuckerberg's first time in Colombia and he took advantage of the one-day visit to hold the first-ever town hall meeting with Facebook users outside the United States.