Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is coming to India to host Town Hall Question and Answer at IIT-Delhi on October 28 to connect with Indians. This was confirmed by Mark via his Facebook page by describing Indian’s as “one of our most active and engaged communities”.
He noted that more than 130 million people in India are using Facebook and said he is looking forward to hear directly from them. He asked the people to ask anything by directly posting question on the Facebook post. He also said that people can vote for already asked questions. Interestingly one of the most up voted question would be to Candy Crush Game from Facebook.
Last month Zuckerberg had a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Palo Alto for Q&A session.
“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,” he said at the Facebook headquarters on September 27. “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,” said Zuckerberg. “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.”
“So I went and I travelled for almost a month and seeing the people, seeing how people connected, and having the opportunity to feel how much better the world could be if everyone had a stronger ability to connect, reinforced for me the importance of what we were doing,” said Zuckerberg. “And that is something I have always remembered over the last ten years as we built Facebook.”
This visit came after the announcement of Free basic a re named version of Internet.org for which India has become a test bed and had raised number of questions on net neutrality. It has become the controversial issue. Facebook is trying to market it through campaigns. Now this visit by Zuckerberg seems to be an extension of same charm offensive.