For the past 13 years, Mark Zuckerberg has used Facebook to connect the world. Now he wants to use his powerful platform to save the world from breaking.
Zuckerberg took to his Facebook account to publish a detailed manifesto on how exactly he plans to do so.
He began by candidly writing how the social media platform has helped build a global community and how this contradicts the nationalism taking place in the U.S. and many other parts of the world, reports CNN.
He said that the initial stages saw his idea being viewed from a doubtful perception, “Yet now, across the world there are people left behind by globalization, and movements for withdrawing from global connection.”
In the UK, the Britons voted to leave the EU and block immigrants from getting into their country. Americans voted in Donald Trump, whose campaign manifesto revolved around separating the US from Mexico with a border wall and rethinking most of the country’s global trade deals and alliances.
Zuckerberg questioned whether we should be focused at being united into a single community or we should take an opposite direction.
He says that the way to go is to be united in a “global community that works for everyone” and gives some ideas that are all-inclusive. The answer lies in Facebook, Zuckerberg said.
He describes ambitious plans to use artificial intelligence to crack down on terrorist propaganda, build new tools to “encourage thoughtful civic engagement” and incorporate “additional perspectives and information” in news feeds.
The two most controversial discussions the past year was fake news and filter bubbles which can tolerate diverse points of view. He said that these worry him, but there are also other effects the world must come together to fight less it risks losing a common understanding.
The U.S. 2016 General elections saw Zuckerberg and Facebook face criticism for having helped Trump ascend to power on the basis of fake news.
But he denied the allegations, saying the Facebook did not help Trump get elected.
He and many other tech leaders have also openly condemned some of the President’s policies, including the ban on immigrants from 7 Muslim-dominated countries.
His almost-6000-word writing has been published amid speculation that Zuckerberg may put his name on the ballot paper. He has however shut down this rumor.