Mark Zuckerberg, the creator and CEO of Facebook, seeks to improve interpersonal relations.
Zuckerberg outlined his vision for the kind of world he believes Facebook can contribute to in a roughly 6,000-word letter that was posted to his Facebook page on Thursday. The vague message included few specifics but outlined many broad, aspirational objectives for how the internet giant might help people grasp everything from terrorism to fake news.
“Today, we are almost ready to move forward. The world today presents us with our greatest potential for advancing science, promoting peace and understanding, eradicating poverty, and expanding prosperity and freedom. “Our biggest problems also require global solutions, like stopping terrorism, combating climate change, and stopping pandemics. Humanity must now unite as a global community rather than merely as towns or countries to advance.
The letter is a change from Zuckerberg’s initial response to complaints that Facebook’s filter bubbles contributed to the strong politicized climate and intense national split following the 2016 presidential election. In his letter on Thursday, he acknowledged mistakes and added that Facebook is striving to modify its standards. He added that Facebook would employ AI to benefit the world in several ways, including safety.
Abraham Lincoln is quoted at the letter’s conclusion as saying, “We can succeed only by concert.” Following that, Zuckerberg reiterates his commitment to fostering intercultural understanding and his desire “to construct the new social infrastructure to create the world we want for generations to come.”