Zuckerberg promotes global community-building in open letter

Zuckerberg promotes global community-building in open letter
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg pledged to help build a “global community” in a lengthy letter published Thursday on the social networking site.

The 5,700-word open letter emphasized the community-building aspects of his platform, and while it does not mention President Trump by name, it seems to be rebuttal to his criticisms of globalization.

“In times like these, the most important thing we at Facebook can do is develop the social infrastructure to give people the power to build a global community that works for all of us,” Zuckerberg wrote.

The Facebook founder vowed to work to improve the platform’s communities and to explore ways that it can change the real world.

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He promised to invest in global infrastructure to promote safety, saying Facebook would be using artificial intelligence programs to crack down on terrorist propaganda and hate speech, while at the same time working to preserve individual liberties through tools such as encrypted messaging.

He also responded to critics who say Facebook enabled the spread of misinformation and sensationalist news stories by promising to better inform its users about the nature of content being shared.

“Our approach will focus less on banning misinformation, and more on surfacing additional perspectives and information, including that fact checkers dispute an item's accuracy,” Zuckerberg wrote.

“Social media is a short-form medium where resonant messages get amplified many times,” he added. “This rewards simplicity and discourages nuance. At its best, this focuses messages and exposes people to different ideas. At its worst, it oversimplifies important topics and pushes us towards extremes.”

Zuckerberg acknowledged the political power that Facebook holds and said it is important to use that influence to help its users become more civically engaged.

And he announced that Facebook users would soon have more control over what kind of content they will be able to see. This comes after the company took heat for removing certain historical images that violated their content standards.

“Our job at Facebook is to help people make the greatest positive impact while mitigating areas where technology and social media can contribute to divisiveness and isolation,” he wrote. “Facebook is a work in progress, and we are dedicated to learning and improving.”

Zuckerberg's recent actions are stirring speculation that he may run for the White House in 2020.

The tech founder, who will turn 35 in 2019, has announced that in 2017 he will visit and meet people in all 50 states. He’s also created a new class of non-shares that would allow him to invest and donate his Facebook holdings without losing control of his company.