Facebook’s new mission: Build ‘meaningful’ communities

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Short of saying quality over quantity, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook has adopted “giving the people the power to build communities and bring the world closer together” as its new mission.


“For 10 years, we focused on doing everything around connecting people with their friends and family,” Zuckerberg said.  He said the new mission will broaden Facebook’s focus to enable people to connect with meaningful communities too.  “Meeting new people, getting exposed to new perspectives, making it so that the communities that you join online can translate to the physical world, too,” he said.


The updated purpose was unveiled on Thursday, June 22 at the social network’s first Community Summit, a gathering in Chicago of leaders from 120 different Facebook Groups, Forbes.com reported.


Zuckerberg described this ‘new mission’ as an extension of Facebook’s original mantra that will guide the company over the next decade.


He noted that the importance of community groups and leaders, like pastors and local advocates as he saw how community membership has declined during his “50 states tour.”  Zuckerberg has been visiting and talking to people in every US state to better understand how social networks affect their lives.


The announcement comes two months after Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer addressed the annual F8 developers conference at San Jose in April and said Facebook now aims to develop technology that will help everyone build a global community.


Schroepfer noted that the company would invest in a number of foundational technologies over the next 10 years, including connectivity, artificial intelligence, and virtual and augmented reality.


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