Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is all set to host a Town Hall Q&A session at IIT-Delhi on October 28. The visit comes close on the heels of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters in California last month. This would be Zuckerberg’s second visit to India in less than a year.
India has more than 132 million Facebook users, and almost 90 percent of them access the social network on their mobile phones. More than 1.5 million small and medium businesses too are leveraging the social network’s reach for their growth.
Zuckerberg has already expressed his support for Modi’s Digital India initiative and is expected to talk about it at the town hall. Another topic of discussion will be his Interent.org initiative, which aims at bringing affordable Internet connectivity to the masses. Internet.org has been renamed to Free Basics and we expect Zuckerberg to attempt to clear the air about the initiative, which has raised net neutrality questions. The company recently also tied up with Nasscom to support budding startups in the country, and we expect Zuckerberg to shed some light on this venture as well.