Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg will hold the next ‘Townhall Question & Answer’ session at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi on October 28 to connect with “Indians”, who he described as “one of our most active and engaged communities”. This will be his first visit post the rebranding of Internet.org.
Zuckerberg announced his plan via a Facebook post. “I’m heading to India and I’ll be hosting our next Townhall Q&A in Delhi on Wednesday, October 28 at 12 pm IST (11:30 pm Tuesday Pacific time). More than 130 million people use Facebook in India…,” he wrote.
Zuckerberg also said he would answer questions posted on his Facebook account. “If you have a question, please ask below in the comments. To vote for a question, just like it. I’ll be answering questions from across Facebook as well as from a live audience at IIT-Delhi…,” he wrote.
Last month, Zuckerberg had hosted Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a Townhall Q&A at Palo Alto, California. The visit comes at a time when Facebook announced Free Basics, earlier known as the controversial Internet.org programme, which has raised doubts over net neutrality in India.
During Modi’s US visit, the creation of the “I support digital India” profile picture by Facebook had also attracted suspicion by a section of Indians who saw it as an endorsement of Internet.org.