Mark Zuckerberg’s Delhi town hall has kicked off and one of the first questions he was asked was why Facebook was showing so much interest in India. Zuckerberg started out by revealing India-centric numbers, and how Internet connectivity is important to improve people’s lives. Also Read - Mark Zuckerberg discusses net neutrality, zero-rating issues with Delhi MPs
In line with what has been recently revealed, Zuckerberg reiterated that Facebook has more than 132 million active users in India. But the company is far from done, and aims at connecting the next billion users in the country to Internet. “India is the largest democracy in the world,” Zuckerberg said. “We won’t be able to achieve our mission of connecting the world without connecting India.” Also Read - Technology can help build superpowers: Mark Zuckerberg
He talked about how Internet connectivity is important in improving people’s lives. He cited researches claiming that one in every 10 people who get access to the Internet, find it easier to find jobs and invariably helps in lifting poverty in the country. Furthermore, he also talked about how Internet also helps in people (be it entrepreneurs or students) coming together to share ideas. Also Read - Lobbying for net neutrality, working towards building open framework: Mark Zuckerberg
Zuckerberg’s focus to spreading Internet connectivity in India is in line with his Internet.org initiative. Speaking of which, the Facebook CEO announced that more than a million users in India have been connected to the Internet because of Internet.org.