news Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 05:30
The News Minute| October 9, 2014| 4.00 pm IST Vanakkam, Shri Zuckerberg garu, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on his  has pledged over $1 billion to encourage people to develop apps in local languages. He's probably got his numbers right - 65% people use Facebook in a language other than English including 10 Indian languages...India is an amazing country with unlimited potential. We agree.  A Dna report says that 'Internet.Org' aims to make Internet access affordable for people across the globe. Focused on enabling the next five billion people without Internet access to come online, the founding members of the project include Facebook, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung. The Internet.org summit will bring together experts, officials and industry leaders to focus on ways to deliver more Internet services for people in languages other than English. We agree. The only problem is at the press conference where these and other announcements were made and much gyaan was shared and delivered to India, was apparently not open to the country's thriving vernacular media. It is not clear if only prominent English newspapers (Indian and International) and English TV channels were invited to the party, but there was no trace of the Hindi and vernacular media. Some journalists were quick to point this out:  Irony is @facebook wants to promote Indian Languages, but I am told only English media was invited for Mark Zukerberg event in Delhi. — milind khandekar (@milindkhandekar) October 9, 2014 At Facebook event to expand online population, MarkZuckerberg spoke of local language content deficit. Yet no non- English media at presser! — rama lakshmi (@RamaNewDelhi) October 9, 2014 Colleague asks: Hi, was Hindi/regional press invited or present to the Zuckerberg event? Answer: Certainly not seen in news conference — Madhavan Narayanan (@madversity) October 9, 2014 Zuckerberg said all the right things - when people are connected, societies are connected, etc etc - except that is this how he wishes to connect with India? And the questions were pre-screened. shocked at the 'censorship' of questions by Facebook. No tv journo allowed a question, most Qs given to international media. No explanations — kashish (@_kashish_) October 9, 2014 Pre screened, 'censored' questions at the Facebook press conference today...and the media persons handling the press obnoxious! — kashish (@_kashish_) October 9, 2014 Facebook didnt let me ask. RT @umlaahn @madversity Somebody should ask about net neutrality. I'm sure @nixxin would have if they'd let him. — Nikhil Pahwa (@nixxin) October 9, 2014 Oh, he also talked about a 911 type of service for emergencies, especially medical emergencies. We agree its a good idea. Next time there's an ambulance stuck in a traffic jam, we will think of sending Zuckerberg a message in Tamil. Photo credit- Brian Solis, www.briansolis.com and bub.blicio.us.

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