Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg publishes manifesto to save the world


Source: USAToday
Author: Jessica Guynn
Coverage Type: reporting
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Facebook, 1601 S California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA, 94304, United States

Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook will move beyond connecting family and friends to building "social infrastructure" critical to bringing people together in a "global community." In a nearly 5,800-word letter to Facebook users published on his Facebook page, Zuckerberg laid out his vision of what kind of world he believes Facebook can help create as it pushes back against a growing tide of anti-globalization sentiment. The letter comes as Facebook is besieged by criticism that it drove people apart by helping spread hyperpartisan misinformation and creating filter bubbles for people who share the same beliefs during the bitterly divisive presidential election. The tone is a significant departure from Zuckerberg's initial rejection of the idea that misleading or fabricated news articles on Facebook influenced the outcome of the election. Though the letter is long on utopian ideals, it's short on actual details. Zuckerberg broadly says Facebook will heal growing division by focusing on key areas such as tools to build more inclusive online communities and tools that help encourage more civic engagement and push people to become more informed consumers of news.

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