Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is coming to India to host a Townhall Q&A at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi on October 28 to connect with “Indians”, who he described as “one of our most active and engaged communities”. Zuckerberg confirmed this news via a post on his Facebook page.
Zuckerberg announced his plan via a Facebook post where he wrote, “I’m heading to India and I’ll be hosting our next Townhall Q&A in Delhi on Wednesday, October 28 at 12 pm IST (11:30 pm Tuesday Pacific time). More than 130 million people use Facebook in India,”
This follows on the heels of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the Facebook HQ, where he took part in a similar Q&A session just a month ago.
“If you have a question, please ask below in the comments. To vote for a question, just like it. I’ll be answering questions from across Facebook as well as from a live audience at IIT-Delhi,” he wrote further.
Last month in Palo Alto, Zuckerberg hosted PM Modi for a Townhall Q&A session. The visit comes at a time when Facebook announced Free Basics, earlier known as the controversial Internet.org programme, which has raised doubts over net neutrality in India.
During Modi’s US visit, the creation of the “I support digital India” profile picture by Facebook had also attracted suspicion by a section of Indians who saw it as an endorsement of Internet.org.
Internet.org also got caught up in this, and has been the centre of a lot of controversy in India since then. Facebook has been aggressively trying to market Internet.org/ Free Basics in India, with advertising, SMS, and Facebook-based campaigns, and of course, meetings with political leaders.
( with Input from PTI)