Published: Tue, February 21, 2017
Research | By Francis Brooks

Zuckerberg envisions Facebook as a 'global community'

Zuckerberg envisions Facebook as a 'global community'

Zuckerberg's letter has already received significant attention, with almost 2,000 comments on Facebook alone.

His note also spoke extensively about the spread of information on Facebook, including so-called "fake news".

Modi recently asked his ministers to share their meetings and information on Facebook so that they can receive direct feedback from citizens, the Facebook CEO wrote in a 5,700-worded post on its "Community Standard" Page.

At our current pace of research, we hope to begin handling some of these cases in 2017, but others will not be possible for many years, the Facebook CEO noted. "Every year, the world got more connected and this was seen as a positive trend". "Yet now, across the world there are people left behind by globalization, and movements for withdrawing from global connection". Obviously these are all tough challenges to tackle, but Zuckerberg noted that Facebook's work on artificial intelligence could make a difference. "Over time, our community will identify which sources provide a complete range of perspectives so that content will naturally surface more". As nationalist movements sprout up around the world-not only in the United States, but also notably in Western Europe-Zuckerberg addressed the importance of making sure people on Facebook understand one another and connect and become civically minded by sorting themselves into groups through Facebook's own communities.

"Progress now requires humanity coming together not just as cities or nations, but also as a global community", he wrote. "We can help establish direct dialogue and accountability between people and our elected leaders", he wrote.

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Zuckerberg said that Facebook could move far beyond its roots as a network for friends and families to communicate, suggesting that it can play a role in five areas, all of which he referred to as "communities", ranging from strengthening traditional institutions, to providing help during and after crises, to boosting civic engagement.

In particular, Zuckerberg highlighted "errors" made in removing newsworthy content related to Black Lives Matter, as well as removing the famous "Terror of War" photo that shows a nude child suffering from the effects of napalm during the Vietnam War. "That's why I'm so anxious about sensationalism in media", Zuckerberg wrote. He also addressed numerous criticisms Facebook has recently faced, including the prevalence of fake news and harmful content on the site, as well as its role in cases of possible terrorism, natural disasters and other issues.

But if there's one thing Facebook has not yet solved, it's how to better take criticism and use it to more efficiently to improve its social network.

If you have patience and time, you can read Zuckerberg's full-length letter here.

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