Zuckerberg to Visit India on Oct 28


New Delhi: Exactly a month after he hosted Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Facebook headquarters in California in September, Mark Zuckerberg, founder and chief executive officer of the social media networking site, will visit India on October 28. He announced this in a Facebook post on Friday.

“I’ll be answering questions from across Facebook as well as from a live audience at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi,” he said in the post. A Facebook spokesperson said Zuckerberg would “meet developers, partners and others who are building new digital services and working on ways to connect more people to them”.

While a meeting with Modi is believed to be on his agenda, sources in the information and broadcasting ministry said Zuckerberg was also likely to interact with Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad. Earlier, Facebook had opened the platform to any developer, following travel portal Cleartrip’s exit from the programme.

This will be Zuckerberg’s first visit to India after rebranding internet.org and the second after Modi became prime minister. One of the issues discussed during Modi’s visit was Internet access for all. Zukerberg also added that he want to see Tajmahal. It is even more stunning than I expected. It’s incredible what people can build  and what love can motivate us to build.

“India is personally very important to the history of our company,” Zuckerberg had said at Facebook’s headquarters in California last month. The story goes that Apple founder Steve Jobs himself had recommended Zuckerberg to visit a temple in India “in order to reconnect with what I believed was the mission of the company” when the latter was considering whether to sell the social-media company.