New Delhi: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will host a townhall meeting at the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi today where around 900 students will get a chance to interact with him in a question and answer session.
Announcing his plan earlier this month, Mr Zuckerberg had posted on his official page that he was looking forward to hearing directly from one of Facebook’s “most active and engaged communities.”
India is home to over 130 million Facebook users, making it the second largest user base for the world’s largest social networking site after the US.
At his last townhall held at the Facebook campus in California, Mr Zuckerberg had hosted Prime Minister Narendra Modi who was on a two-day trip to the Silicon Valley.
PM Modi is one of the most followed world leaders on Facebook. “It is fitting that the leader of the world’s largest democracy is setting an example of how to connect with the people”. “We had a great discussion about India’s future, the value of social media and the importance of family,” Mr Zuckerberg had posted on Facebook after the event.
While answering a question from Mr Zuckerberg on his mother’s role in his life, PM Modi broke down and spoke haltingly about his mother’s sacrifices and the hardships she endured.
“I’m in India for our Townhall Q&A tomorrow, and I decided to visit the Taj Mahal. I’ve always wanted to see this,” he said on his Facebook page. Later, he also posted picture of him at the Taj Mahal.
Before coming to India, Mr Zuckerberg had on Monday delivered a 20-minute speech in Mandarin at Tsinghua University in China.