Mark Zuckerberg has revealed his vision of expanding the social network and connecting the world.
In a 6,000 word post on Facebook, Zuckerberg painted a picture of what he envisions the future of Facebook will become. Essentially, Zuckerberg plans on expanding from connecting friends and families and plans on connecting people online and offline, to create a global family.
Zuckerberg describes a future where Facebook allows users to explore beyond their social networks and connects with others.
“History is the story of how we’ve learned to come together in ever greater numbers—from tribes to cities to nations,” he explains. “At each step, we built social infrastructure like communities, media, and governments to empower us to achieve things we couldn’t on our own.”
Zuckerberg asserts now is the time for Facebook to “develop the social infrastructure to give people the power to build a global community that works for all of us.” By using Facebook, Zuckerberg argues the social network can stop the world’s biggest problems including “ending terrorism, fighting climate change, and preventing pandemics.”
While Zuckerberg’s post is ambitious and short of humility, it offers very few clues as to how he plans on making this possible.
Zuckerberg does point out that if Facebook is going to make the world a better place, he believes people should be given reliable information – something the social network is currently fighting fake news.
Also, Zuckerberg argues artificial intelligence can be used to stop the spread of troubling content from going viral on the social network. Also, the use of the Safety Check feature can ease people’s worries during a time of crisis.
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You can read the full essay by Mark Zuckerberg below.