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For every Indian woman on Facebook, there are three Indian men – Scroll.in

by Shivam Vij, Scroll.in Facebook has a problem. Two-thirds of the world's population is not on the internet. Male domination in India is part of this problem. In September 2012, the number of active users on Facebook crossed one billion. The next year, Facebook tied up with six mobile companies and created a platform called Internet.org to get the next billion users online by making internet access easier and cheaper through mobile phones. As of June, Facebook had 1.32 billion  active users. Most of these come from the United States, but the second-largest number are from India. The most optimistic estimates of the number of Indians on the internet is over 20 crore (200 million) or a fifth of India's population. (Other estimates put the figure at 12.6%.) Facebook and Google are doing various things to get more Indians on the internet: cheaper smartphones, cheaper internet on smartphones, pushing the government to get cheaper and faster broadband going in India, and getting Indian languages on to the internet. Yet, as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg visits Delhi to deliver the keynote address at the first Internet.org summit, he could look at the most invisible reason for slow internet growth in India: that women don't have access to it as easily as men do. (MediaNama Editor's Note: This post was published last week, before Zuckerberg visited India) Zuckerberg needs to look no further for this than the data for active Facebook users in India. As of June, the social network said that it had 108 million…

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