Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to host townhall at IIT-Delhi

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Oct 16, 2015 12:49 IST
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) gives a "namaste", as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg applauds. Zuckerberg’s next Townhall, to be held at IIT Delhi, comes less than a month after Modi visited the social media giant’s HQ . (REUTERS Photo)

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will be in India on October 28 to host a Townhall Q&A at IIT-Delhi.

Zuckerberg posted about the event on his Facebook wall. This is what he said.

I'm heading to India and I'll be hosting our next Townhall Q&A in Delhi on Wednesday, October 28 at 12pm IST (11:30pm...

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday, October 15, 2015

Zuckerberg’s visit comes less than a month after he met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters in California. Modi talked about technology and its positive impact on governance and invited global investors to India during his meeting with Zuckerberg.

Facebook has been trying hard to push its controversial service, Free Basics (formerly Internet.org) in the country, which allows users to access certain websites and services on their mobile phones free of cost.

Facebook maintains that this allows it to bring people in developing countries who are too poor to pay for data on their smartphones on to the internet. “Some access is better than no access,” Zuckerberg has said multiple times.

But critics of the service say that it splinters the internet into free and paid tiers and goes against the concept of net neutrality, which says that all data on the internet should be treated equally with no discrimination.

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