Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who is on his maiden Indian trip called on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss various important issues. Among the major issues discussed were expansion of Digital India initiative, launch of clean India mobile app and stopping misuse of social media by terrorists to hire new members. Zuckerberg expressed his willingness to work with Indian government in the important areas of healthcare and education.
Prime Minister Modi has been an avid social media user himself and has garnered some 23 million fans on his Facebook page and another 7 million followers on his official twitter handle. Social media played a very crucial role in Modi delivering fatal punch to congress during general elections in early April-May this year. So he very well knows that social media can play a very vital role in success of government schemes across nation.
“Had a wonderful meeting with Facebook CEO Mr. Mark Zuckerberg. We discussed several issues during our meeting,” Modi said on his Facebook page.
He also said: “I spoke to him about Swachh Bharat mission. Mr. Zuckerberg shared that Facebook would assist the government of India in the Clean India mobile application. This will surely give an impetus to Swachh Bharat mission.”
“Zuckerberg is excited about Digital India initiative. I requested him to identify certain areas where Facebook can help us in that. I also requested Mr. Zuckerberg to identify how Facebook can help promote India’s rich tourist potential across the world,” he said.
PM Modi seemed to be concerned about the misuse of social media by terrorist organisations for hiring new members and asked Zuckerberg to look out ways to tackle this problem. “This is unfortunate and we need to think of the role social media can play to stop terror,” the PM said. Apart from that, he also requested Facebook CEO to identify opportunities, where social media can be used effectively for promoting Indian Tourism.
Zuckerberg also made it clear the Facebook will assist in developing clean India mobile app that would be launched soon. “This would give a strong impetus to the Swachh Bharat Mission,” the statement said.
Modi recalled how he used social media during campaigns such as tracking the missing children, during his tenure as Chief Minister of Gujarat and how it gave wonderful results.
Mark Zuckerberg is the third high profile CEO of a U.S. firm to visit India, after Amazon’s Jeff Benzos and Microsoft Satya Nadella, to visit India in last couple of days. Apparently Zuckerberg also met Telecom and I.T. minister Ravi Shankar Prasad earlier in the day.
“One of the things I am really excited about is that the PM has this whole Digital India initiative. We can’t create connectivity around the world just by ourselves, we are trying to work with operators, governments. I am mostly interested in hearing and learning about how we can help. I believe there are certain things that Facebook can uniquely bring,” he had said.