India has the largest number of facebook users numbering 125 million
By Siva Sivapragasam
World social media giant Facebook will get an international exposure when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits the Facebook headquarters in California on September 27 where he will hold a town hall interaction with its CEO Mark Zukerberg.
The visit will be only the second for the young billionaire with a world leader after meeting US President Barack Obama.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi made this announcement in his facebook page and invited questions for the Townhall session.
Modi’s announcement came after Zuckerberg wrote in his Facebook post: “I’m excited to announce that Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India will be visiting Facebook HQ later this month for a Townhall question and answer.
“Prime Minister Modi and I will discuss how communities can work together to address social and economic challenges.”
Facebook headquarters had a visit from US President Barack Obama in April 2011. Modi’s visit will be the second one that Zukerberg will have with a world leader at Facebook headquarters.
During Obama’s visit, the two had talked about jobs, youth and innovation in the US.
Facebook then had roughly over 500 million users globally. Today, it has 1.49 billion users. On August 24, one billion people were on Facebook globally on a single day.
Prime Minister Modi will be on a visit to Ireland and the US from September 23 to 29 during which he will address the UN General Assembly and also visit Google headquarters in the silicon valley.
Zuckerberg visited Modi in India in October last year.
Zuckerberg invited questions that should be addressed to PM Modi. He said that the video of the Q & A session would be posted live on his profile which will also be visible on Modi’s official page on Facebook. He added that “the interaction will cover a wide range of issues and will surely be a memorable one”.
Inviting questions, Modi said, “This programme will be incomplete without your participation! Share your questions on Facebook. I urge you all to share your questions on the ‘Narendra Modi Mobile App’ Your questions will make this a programme to be remembered.”
India has the largest Facebook user base outside the US. In June, the company had said 125 million users of its global base of 1.44 billion come from India.