Days after his minister warned Mark Zuckerberg on data leak, Modi reportedly asks MPs to get 3 lakh ‘genuine’ Facebook likes each


Just days after his minister Ravi Shankar Prasad issued threats to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has directed his MPs to get three lakh ‘genuine’ likes on the social media platform.

A report by Hindustan Times said that the target was set on Friday in a dinner meeting that Modi and party president Amit Shah had with BJP MPs at the new party headquarters in Delhi. The report further added that Modi also offered to hold a live video call with workers from their constituencies if the target is achieved, according to three leaders from the party.

Quoting two BJP MPs, who wished to be anonymous, the HT report added, “The PM offered to address, through live video call, the mandal-level workers in our constituencies if we achieved this target… He was particular that these likes should be ‘genuine’ likes, and should not be ‘bought’ through marketing companies offering such services.”

This comes just days after Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had issued ‘warning’ to Zuckerberg for the reported data breach from Facebook by Cambridge Analytica firm. Later it emerged that the British company had helped the BJP in several elections by using Facebook data of users. The social media giant had banned the data-gathering company for the reported breach of privacy.