Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday and offered his help in creating a Clean India mobile App that is expected to give a strong impetus to ‘Swachh Bharat’ campaign.
Interestingly, Modi, in turn, asked Zuckerberg to examine the role of social media in fighting terror. The prime minister pointed out that a lot of terrorist elements were using social media platforms to recruit members. “This is unfortunate and we need to think of the role social media can play to stop terror,” Modi was quoted as saying by the Prime Minister’s Office in a statement, released after the meeting.
Zuckerberg, while appreciating the prime minister’s commitment to promote Internet, said he was extremely excited about the Digital India initiative of the government. “The prime minister asked him to identify domains of Digital India where Facebook could get involved and help,” the PMO added.
It further said that Facebook wants to work with the Government of India in the fields of healthcare and education, providing a range of services to the people.
Modi also recalled how he used social media during campaigns such as tracking the missing children, during his tenure as Chief Minister of Gujarat and it gave wonderful results. The prime minister also requested Zuckerberg to promote India’s rich tourism potential through Facebook besides looking at ways to enhance Internet literacy along with Internet connectivity.