Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says Internet connectivity is a human right

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says Internet connectivity is a human right

Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg while addressing to the media at a summit in New Delhi on Thursday said that Internet connectivity is a human right.

“We believe that connectivity is a human right and that connectivity and getting connectivity for the world is one of the fundamental challenges of our generation,” Zuckerberg said. “So we want to help built an Internet that works for everyone.”

Zuckerberg, on his maiden trip to India, has announced the Internet.org Innovation Challenge in the country to reward those people work in expanding the Internet. He said that Internet.org, which launched in August last year, is working as an initiative to bring Internet access for everyone.

Praising the new move, Zuckerberg explained that Internet.org is an effort that came into its existence with partnering a handful of other technology companies. These companies are jointly working with Facebook to give affordable basic services to the end-users.

While detailing the growth potential of Facebook inĀ India, Zuckerberg revealed that the social network has grown from 11 million Indian users in 2011 to 108 million today. He further said that about 65 percent of Facebook users are connected to the social network through a language other than English. These languages include ten Indian languages such as Nepali, Marathi, Hindi, Punjabi and Gujarati among others.

Zuckerberg is the third CEO of a top-most US company, after Microsoft’s Satya Nadella and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, that arrived to India for seeking growth potential of his company in the last fortnight.

After briefing the media and explaining a bit about Internet.org initiative, 30-year-old Zuckerberg is set to meet with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A formal meeting is scheduled for Friday where the social network would get its participation in Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan (Clean India Movement) which recently started by Modi.

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