Yesterday, Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook met India’s PM Narendra Modi in New Delhi on his two days tour to India for attending Internet.org summit. He also met India’s Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad and discussed how Facebook and Government of India can work together to help make the Internet accessible to everyone; and to make the most of social media for improving governance and reaching out to more people directly.
Prior to Facebook CEO’s meeting with the PM, Zuckerberg met Ravi Shankar Prasad and discussed about ways to take basic Internet connectivity to everyone in the country. Mark mentioned that India is Facebook’s priority and they’d cooperate in every possible way to make sure everyone gets connected to the Internet. Similar to what Facebook had achieved in Zambia, Mark asked for support from the Government of India to provide basic Internet facility to the villages. Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad supported the idea and promised cooperation from the Government of India.
Next, he met the PM of India and in the meeting, both of them discussed a wide range of topics.
- Mr. Modi discussed about Swachh India Abhiyan and Mark Zuckerberg in reply came up with the idea of developing Clean India Mobile App for Government of India. It will be launched soon.
- PM of India invited suggestions from Zuckerberg on how Facebook can get involved in the Digital India Initiative, to make it more widespread.
- Since there are some terrorist groups using social media to influence people and recruit members for spreading terror. PM discussed this matter in the meeting calling it unfortunate and suggested we should think about ways to stop it.
- PM also appealed Mark Zuckerberg to promote India’s rich tourism through Facebook.
Later both of them posted message on their Facebook wall stressing on the fact that this could be a start of greater things to come with the main agenda of making sure Internet connectivity reaches everyone in the nation of billion.