Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will deliver the opening keynote address at the 2014 Mobile World Congress on February 24 at 10PM (IST). Zuckerberg will be joined by technology journalist David Kirkpatrick, author of The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company that is Connecting the World.
11:17 pm: We're going to get out of here too. Thanks as ever for joining us!
11:17 pm: And that's all! Big applause for Zuckerberg and people are running for the doors.
11:17 pm: Will there be another Snapchat acquisition? "After buying a company for 16 billion dollars, you're probably done for a little while."
11:17 pm: "China's a little challenging for us because we're not running there..." but he believes that Chinese companies can do the same.
11:15 pm: ... we're gathering more questions, sit tight.
11:14 pm: He's talking about "universal forms of communication" including simple photos that are easy to share.
11:14 pm: And, now the literacy question.
11:13 pm: He's saying that everything WhatsApp sends, photos and text, is not stored by the company. It's deleted "almost instantly."
11:13 pm: People are leaving the keynote in droves now. I think this is actually an interesting part of the discussion!
11:13 pm: But, they'll have access to Facebook services, but "the vision is to keep WhatsApp services exactly the same."
11:12 pm: Zuckerberg: "WhatsApp is going to continue to operate completely autonomously."
11:12 pm: Next question: will the attitude toward WhatsApp data consumption change?
11:12 pm: "There are going to be a number of things pretty soon that show pretty good partnerships that are public/private partnerships."
11:11 pm: Zuckerberg is saying that this isn't anything for one company or government to really manage.
11:11 pm: Okay, first question, about the government role of carriers.
11:11 pm: Okay, we're taking all the questions first... and then he's going to answer them later.
11:10 pm: So, sit tight for a moment.
11:10 pm: They're taking a series of questions and Mark will then give answers after that.
11:09 pm: First question: "What is the role of literacy in this?"
11:09 pm: Okay, it's Q&A time!
11:09 pm: "They're only now starting to get to the range of where they should have been and this thing could have all been avoidable."
11:08 pm: He says the NSA was "way over the line" in terms of not being transparent enough.
11:07 pm: He's glad that they now have the permission to share the requests that they get, and that the volume, thousands and not millions, is important.
11:06 pm: Zuckerberg: "The NSA issues I think are real issues for American internet companies. Trust is so important."
11:06 pm: Kirkpatrick is now asking about the Snowden revelations. "Could this potentially be a problem for the success of Facebook in the future overseas?"
11:06 pm: "There's just no way that Facebook can do this by ourselves. If we come away that this is in some way my vision or something that we're doing that would be completely wrong."
11:05 pm: ...though having the most-used app gives them "some position" he indicates.
11:05 pm: Zuckerberg says that Facebook shouldn't get all the credit, that internet.org is a "big coalition across the industry."
11:05 pm: Kirkpatrick: "Is this a role that Facebook will play more and more, to be like a conveigner or systems integrator?"
11:04 pm: Zuckerberg: "We have this rotational project manager program... I think we sent all of the rotational PMs to am emerging market to feel like what the Facebook experience is like there." That's in reference to a tale of trying to use Facebook on a rented SIM in Africa.
11:03 pm: Zuckerberg says that a lot of people haven't traveled enough to really experience how bad the experience can be elsewhere.
11:03 pm: It was in partnership with Ericsson and Spotify and eBay and others. Ericsson created a test situation where developers could test their apps virtually in different locations.
11:02 pm: Kirkpatrick is now asking about the Facebook Lab in Menlo Park to help reduce data consumption.
11:02 pm: He's describing having a link to premium content and an easy, one-tap choice to buy more data to access that content.
11:01 pm: Finally, the third pillar is increasing up-sells to subscriptions. "That's a lot of the work that we're doing with carrier partners already."
11:01 pm: Zuckerberg is also talking about middleman caching as well, to reduce data usage.
11:01 pm: One wonders how they're going to manage this with the increased use of videos for ads and such...
11:00 pm: "The second pillar is using data more efficiently." He says that Facebook is almost already at 10x data. A year ago the average person used 14MB per day through the Facebook app. Now they're down to 2MB, thanks to photo compression and etc, and they hope to get to 1MB.