Mark Zuckerberg Shares Facebook's Plan to Bring the Global Community Together

Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook’s role was to reboot international links as the tide turns against globalisation Mark Schiefelbein  AP

Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook’s role was to reboot international links as the tide turns against globalisation Mark Schiefelbein AP

"There are questions about whether we can make a global community that works for everyone, and whether the path ahead is to connect more or reverse course", Zuckerberg writes.

This new focus was revealed this afternoon by Mark Zuckerberg, who took to the social network to ask, in part, "Are we building the world we all want?"

He suggested that some people had been "left behind by globalisation" and that efforts must be made to "bring communities together".

While the Silicon Valley billionaire's manifesto was in direct opposition to isolationist and nationalist policies and rhetoric espoused by the Trump administration, Zuckerberg didn't name the president outright in the post.

-How do we help people build a safe community that prevents harm, helps during crises and rebuilds afterwards in a world where anyone across the world can affect us? "At each step, we built social infrastructure like communities, media and governments to empower us to achieve things we couldn't on our own", Zuckerberg wrote.

The 32-year-old billionaire quoted Abraham Lincoln - "we must think anew and act anew" - and signalled that Facebook meant to become a major channel of communication between people and politicians.

How do we help people build a civically-engaged community in a world where participation in voting sometimes includes less than half our population?

Read Zuckerberg's entire post here.

Naturally, the tools his teams have been putting together - from the Facebook groups feature and the company's Safety Check system, which tells friends you're OK after a disaster, all the way to futuristic artificial intelligence - all have a role to play in helping Zuckerberg fulfill this mission.

Zuckerberg said he believes virtual reality headsets will be no different than traditional pairs of glasses in 10 years.

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In a wide-ranging post of almost 6,000 words, Zuckerberg said Facebook can play a role in bringing people together as they face fractious politics and anti-globalization sentiment.

Zuckerberg kicked off the conference by making a veiled jab at Donald Trump.

"I hear fearful voices calling for building walls and distancing people they label as others", he said on that stage previous year. When Facebook first launched in 2004 supporting a more connected, global community was not controversial, he wrote.

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