Not long ago did we see our Prime Minister Narendra Modi shake hands with and hug Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in California. Seems it worked and the 31 year young entrepreneur is here in India meeting students.
On October 28, the students of IIT Delhi were elated and didn’t mind waiting for long as they had Mark visiting them for a Q&A session. Coming from the young minds, the list of questions was long and quite interesting. We get you some of the best questions put to Mark by Indian students and some amazing answers by the Facebook CEO.
Student: What was a decision that you took in the early days of Facebook that you regretted later?
Mark Zuckerberg: I made all kinds of mistakes. Anything you can think of, I have made all the mistakes. It was all trial and error. You cannot be afraid of making mistakes. What you should focus on is not which mistake to avoid, but what drives you. Focus not on the mistakes but as much good as you can.
Student: If you are gifted supernatural powers from aliens, what would you wish for?
Mark Zuckerberg: With technology you can build super powers. With Oculus, we are allowing people to teleport. People can be in a completely different place but can teleport and come together for an experience. But then it starts getting awesome. We can simulate gravity, you can play ping pong with a friend in space. Soon, you’ll be able to put on a headset and go anywhere in the world and that’ll be pretty good.
Student: Does Internet.org support net neutrality fully?
Mark Zuckerberg: Yes, absolutely! A debate is there because countries are right now figuring out what net neutrality needs to be. There is a perception and some reports in the media that we are giving access to some platforms and preventing others. But that’s not true. We try to support net neutrality in whichever way we can, but at the same time, we continue to push for access. The Free Basics programme under the Internet.org initiative aims to connect the next billion people and we cannot miss India in that vision as it is one of the largest democracies in the world. Free basics does not intend to harm anyone – neither the consumers nor the operators. Any developer who can stream low-data consuming content can be a part of the platform. Some proponents of net neutrality say there should be no free access. But I say if a student who doesn’t have access to the Internet is given free access to do her homework, who is getting hurt there?
Student: Why are you showing so much interest in India? Answer honestly.
Mark Zuckerberg: India is the largest democracy. You cannot connect the world without connecting India. India also has so many users on Facebook and WhatsApp. So, they are part of the people we want to connect to. India still has so many people with no Internet access. Internet can provide, education, health information and access to job listings. Research has shown that for every 10 people who get access to the Internet, one new job is created and one person is lifted out of poverty. India has tremendous potential for that. Connecting people in India is one of the most important things we can do for the world. It is also about the ideas that people, students, entrepreneurs have here today that the world doesn’t have access to. So people are robbed of opportunities. That’s why I care so deeply about it.
And there also came a question about Candy Crush.
Student: This question is very very important. How can we stop getting invitations on Candy Crush?
Mark Zuckerberg: This is why such townhalls are so useful. This was the top voted questions on our thread. I asked my developers if we have a solution to this issue by the time I do my Q and A? So, we are doing it now.
Mark Zuckerberg is indeed a great source of inspiration to the new start-up generation. Dressed casually, answering all the questions with the right mix of words and humour, he well knows how to connect with the students of today.
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(Written by Pragati Ratti Sharma)