"Can we assume Andrew now thinks Google giving away search, email, storage, Android and so many other freebies was a good thing? That he was wrong to complain about market distortion, people as the product and so much else? Or maybe agree the benefits outweigh the problems for many, many people?"
You are far too smart to advance arguments you know are dumb, Paul. Google is in a monopoly position, FreeBasics on Reliance isn't. 100 million Indians got full internet for the first time last year, via a variety of providers, 1m got FreeBasics (ie Ceefax) from one.
"Or does he just believe Facebook are nice guys with nothing but good intentions we can trust as unregulated gatekeepers to the worlds poor?"
You need to have a gate to be a gatekeeper.
You're supporting the ban then?