Co-founder of What­sApp Wants to Make it Work Bet­ter for In­dia

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New Delhi: Brian Ac­ton, co-founder of What­sApp is cur­rently on a tour of In­dia to gather in­sights from peo­ple about how What­sApp can con­trib­ute to In­dia in a more prom­i­nent way. Ac­ton was in New Delhi on Fri­day and met union min­is­ter for elec­tron­ics and information tech­nol­ogy Ravi Shankar Prasad, who de­scribed him as a “fine mind in the field of information tech­nol­ogy”.

The in­sights could go into bet­ter­ing the ser­vice and in­creas­ing its util­ity for mil­lions of In­di­ans.

“In­dia is a very im­por­tant coun­try to us, and we’re proud to have 200 mil­lion peo­ple who use What­sApp to con­nect with their friends, fam­ily and com­mu­ni­ties,” said Ac­ton in a state­ment. He added that the com­pany builds ev­ery What­sApp feature to be sim­ple, re­li­able, and se­cure, and this vi­sion is in line with what Dig­i­tal In­dia prom­ises to achieve. “We will con­tinue to in­vest so we can help more peo­ple across In­dia, and we hope to con­trib­ute more to In­dia's vi­sion for dig­i­tal com­merce in the fu­ture,” he added. Ac­ton co-founded What­sapp with Jan Koum of What­sApp eight year ago on Fe­bru­ary 24, 2009. Ac­ton, fa­mously was re­jected for a job by Face­book but in Fe­bru­ary 2014, he sold the mes­sag­ing app to Face­book for $19 bil­lion.

Prasad said that he con­veyed to Ac­ton how pro­grams like Dig­i­tal In­dia are chang­ing the face of In­dia and mak­ing In­di­ans tech­no­log­i­cally em­pow­ered and cre­at­ing new op­por­tu­ni­ties. “I also ap­pre­ci­ated the good role of plat­forms like Face­book, What­sApp are play­ing in the field of dig­i­tal em­pow­er­ment. He deeply ap­pre­ci­ated all this and as­sured of more in­volve­ment of lo­cal lan­guage,” Prasad added.

Brian Ac­ton with Union com­mu­ni­ca­tions and IT min­is­ter Ravi Shankar Prasad in New Delhi on Fri­day

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