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Mark Zuckerberg posts lengthy manifesto on his Facebook page

Kazakhstan News.Net - Saturday 18th February, 2017

CALIFORNIA, U.S. - In a detailed manifesto on his Facebook page stating some of the various challenges faced by the world today, Mark Zuckerberg outlined measures that the social media company can take to try and address these challenges.

The tech company founder also asked a crucial question, "Are we building the world we all want?"

"Facebook stands for bringing us closer together and building a global community," Zuckerberg wrote in a lengthy 6,000-word letter.

“When we began, this idea was not controversial,” Zuckerberg went on to say in the post. 

“Yet now, across the world there are people left behind by globalization, and movements for withdrawing from global connection.”

“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 said.

"For the past decade, Facebook has focused on connecting friends and families. With that foundation, our next focus will be developing the social infrastructure for community - for supporting us, for keeping us safe, for informing us, for civic engagement, and for inclusion of all," he wrote.

He also listed five specific areas Facebook will focus on to develop "the social infrastructure for community" - building strong online and offline communities, creating better emergency response tools, battling fake news by helping bring out diverse perspectives and making people more politically engaged, creating better guidelines for appropriate and inappropriate content, and using AI to help automate Facebook’s functioning to minimize bias.

He said, "It is our responsibility to amplify the good effects and mitigate the bad - to continue increasing diversity while strengthening our common understanding so our community can create the greatest positive impact on the world.”

"The two most discussed concerns this past year were about diversity of viewpoints we see (filter bubbles) and accuracy of information (fake news)."

"I worry about these and we have studied them extensively, but I also worry there are even more powerful effects we must mitigate around sensationalism and polarisation, leading to a loss of common understanding."

The billionaire also suggested the use of artificial intelligence to crack down on terrorist propaganda.

He said it was necessary to build new tools to “encourage thoughtful civic engagement” and incorporate “additional perspectives and information” in news feeds. 

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