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Facebook Founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, presented his vision for Facebook’s recent $19 Billion purchase of WhatsApp and his mission to provide online access to people everywhere during his keynote speech today at Mobile World Congress or MWC in Barcelona.
Zuckerberg addressed how WhatsApp is a great fit for Facebook. Already used by half a billion people for messaging, Zuckerberg says “it’s the most engaging app we’ve ever seen exist on mobile.” Zuckerberg sees “WhatsApp on a path to connecting more than a billion people” and believes that he and WhatsApp Founder Jan Koum have a shared vision to connect everyone in the world. Zuckerberg has said that WhatsApp will operate autonomously so the service won’t change for users.
For more on his POV around the WhatsApp acquisition, watch the video below:
The majority of his keynote focused on his Internet.org initiative which looks to connect the world to the mobile Internet. Zuckerberg mentions that only a third of the world has an Internet connection and its adoption is slow largely due to 80% of the world’s population living in areas with only 2G or 3G. He wants to give everyone free access to the mobile web. By opening up the Internet to more people, he envisions the potential for a greater demand for data and bigger revenues down the line.
Watch the video below to learn more: