Menlo Park junket

IN Media Watch Briefs | 29/09/2015

Mr Modi wasn't the only one who went to Menlo Park. A bunch of Indian journalists from top newspapers  did too, as guests of Facebook. As the debate  in India over Net Neutrality and Facebook's grows, the company evidently decided on a PR corrective. As Mark Zuckerberg tells both the Hindu and the Indian Express,  it is very important for Facebook that India "gets the Net Neutrality debate right." Hence the hosted  junket. But TOI, HT, Mint, BS don't seem to have joined the party. And while the Hindu on September 29 has an op-ed interview with Zuckerberg by the man who went, it publishes a counter view right below it by their digital media columnist.


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