Facebook Lite targets mobile and dial-up users in emerging markets

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Social networking kingpin Facebook is now trialing a new streamlined service dubbed Facebook Lite, with an emphasis on mobile and dial-up users in geographic regions where broadband services are limited, non-existent or simply too expensive for most users. Facebook tells TechCrunch that Facebook Lite simplifies its conventional social networking platform, offering users accelerated loading times and access to basic services like writing on people's walls, sending messages, browsing photos and accepting new friend requests.

Facebook Lite is currently in beta trials in India, with launches planned in China and Russia. Facebook did not comment on whether it might eventually introduce the service in existing strongholds like the U.S. and the U.K., offering users the option of faster, more basic experience.

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