Mark Zuckerberg’s visit to India has created a lot of buzz both online and offline. The Facebook founder and CEO met the Indian Pime Minister and 'the social media politician', Mr. Narendra Modi in New Delhi during his visit. He was here for the two-day long Internet.org summit where he re-iterated his stance on why the world needs access to free Internet and the far reaching benefits of the same.
Blowing own trumpet
In his maiden official visit to India, Zuckerberg didn’t miss on blowing his own trumpet and mention all the great work Facebook has done to the humanity in the recent past. Zuckerberg seems confident about the revolutionary changes internet.org can bring to India and its capability to play the key role in India’s future. Here are few milestones achieved by the social media giant as shared by Zuckerberg:
Facebook in India is working with Airtel to make internet.org a reality.
Internet should be like 911 service, but...
Speaking at the Internet.org summit, Zuckerberg said,
Free basic internet access should be like dialing 911 in the US or 100 in India.
But there are three major challenges here which prevent people from using the Internet:
According to a research, 69% of people in India who do not use the internt at all,would say that they don’t know what they would do with the internet and could not find use for it because of these issues.
Modi’s bucket list for Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discussed a wide range of issues revolving around the innovative use of Facebook as a platform to engage with a large audience in the service of humanity. However, Mr. Modi was clear on his agenda of promoting his campaigns for the development of India via Facebook. He spoke about the following possible contribution of Facebook towards the betterment:
Earlier this year, Facebook's COO Sheryl Sandberg had met the Indian Prime Minister where they had discussed plans to use Facebook for good governance and promoting tourism.
When Zuckerberg went to Chandauli
Facebook CEO also visited Chandauli yesterday. It's a small village and a very rural community situated about 150 miles from Delhi. He learnt that earlier this year Chandauli got connected to the internet. As a result, now hundreds of people -- from school children to seniors -- are learning how to use the internet to find information, access government services and connect with their friends and loved ones.
Seeing first hand how people here are using the internet was an incredible experience. One day, if we can connect every village, we can transform many more lives and improve the world for all of us. Chandauli is just the start.
If we want to connect the world, then we need to build an internet that reflects the world.
[UPDATE] If these words from Mark are to be believed, it would be nothing short of a pleasant surprise to billions of people. At the same time, this might benefit Facebook with its PR strategy as well. Just a matter of time, when we'll witness the truth, either way it goes.