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Prime Minister of India to visit Facebook in Menlo Park

 

India's Prime Minister Narenda Modi will visit Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park later this month, following Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's visit to India last October.

Mr. Modi will join Mr. Zuckerberg at a town hall question-and-answer session at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 27. The session will be streamed live on both Mr. Zuckerberg's and the prime minister's Facebook pages.

In a Sept. 12 announcement on his Facebook page, Mr. Zuckerberg invited people to submit questions for the prime minister. Three days later, the post had generated more than 33,000 comments, 39,000 shares, and 687,000 likes.

During Mr. Zuckerberg's visit to India, he spoke at a summit for Internet.org, a nonprofit partnership between Facebook and other tech companies that aims to increase Internet access in the developing world. The Internet.org app provides free Internet access to Facebook and a package of health, employment and education websites.

"We believe that connectivity is a human right," said Mr. Zuckerberg at the summit. "Getting connectivity for the world is one of the fundamental challenges of our generation."

Internet.org also operates innovation labs that explore strategies to broaden network coverage and decrease the amount of data needed to access various sites.

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