Earlier Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Facebook Headquarters in Palo Alto where Zuckerberg hosted PM Modi for a Townhall Q&A session on 27 September. During the visit, Modi and Zuckerberg also discussed how communities can work together to address social and economic challenges. So to hear directly from one of the most active and engaged communities in the world, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is coming to India to host Facebook’s next Townhall Q&A session at IIT-Delhi on October 28 at 12 pm.
This is for the second time within this year that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is coming to India. Last time, he visited a ‘cyber village’ in Rajasthan’s Alwar district.
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Zuckerberg made the announcement on his Facebook page and stated that over 130 million people in India use Facebook and that he’s looking forward to hearing from ‘one of our most active and engaged communities’. The largest Facebook userbase outside the US is in India. In June, the company had said 125 million users of its global base of 1.44 billion come from India.
He had asked people that if they want to know something they can directly leave the questions for the session on Facebook post and if your question has already been asked you can ‘like’ the question. Live audience at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi can get their questions answered on the spot. Mark Zuckerberg will post the live video of event on the same day itself as well.
On September 27, 2015 Zuckerberg at the Facebook headquarters said, “India is personally very important to the history of our company here. This is a story that I have not told publicly and very few people know.” Further he added, “Early on in our history, before things were really going well and we had hit a tough patch and a lot of people wanted to buy Facebook and thought we should sell the company. I went and saw one of my mentors, Steve Jobs and he told me that in order to reconnect with what I believed is the mission of the company, I should visit this temple that he had gone to in India early in his evolution of thinking about what he wanted Apple and his vision of the future to be.”
Though Facebook’s free service Internet.org faced a lot of criticism in India then too the social network didn’t give up. It has now been decided to rebrand the product to ‘Free Basics by Facebook’. The visit has also been planned just after the announcement of rebranded version of controversial Internet.org program. The app as well as web platform is presently available in 19 countries across the globe including India and offers access to more than 250 services. Even the ‘free basic’ users will also get access to 60 new free services.