Prime Minister Narendra Modi is at Facebook Headquarters, the Menlo Park campus. Modi is taking part in Q&A town hall session along with CEO Mark Zuckerberg, where he is answering some of the questions asked by people. Modi is India s first government head who is being hosted at Facebook campus. Also Read - WhatsApp Multi-device support confirmed, public beta rollout begins in two months: Mark ZuckerbergAlso Read - Mark Zuckerberg uses WhatsApp rival messaging app Signal suggests leaked Facebook data
At the Q&A session, Mark Zuckerberg asked Modi if he knew the potential of social media when he started using it. He replied that when he started using social media, he did not think he would go ahead to become the Indian PM, nor he thought he would use it for governance. “I took to social media out of curiosity,” Modi said. Also Read - Facebook sued by US govt over antitrust issues & maintaining 'monopoly power'
Modi further added, he did not had the fortune to take higher education, but social media helped him, not only to gain knowledge, but also broaden his horizon. With social media, he has daily bonding with people, who are voting if Modi is good or bad. Social media also has the potential to direct the government, on whether they are on the right track or not. This would give the government to take the right course, and thus strengthen democracy.
With real-time updates, the government can instantly come to know about things that are happening around the world. And if government is alerted at the right time, it can use this information to take accurate measures, Modi said.
Before taking questions, Modi also said he dreams of turning India from a $8 trillion economy to $20 trillion economy, with agriculture, service and manufacturing sector in sight. Just before the event, both Narendra Modi and Mark Zuckerberg also changed their profile pictures in support of Digital India. Here’s how you can change your profile picture too.