New mission of Facebook
Last week the head of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg published an appeal addressed to all users of the network. In it, he shared his vision for the new mission of the company.
Until now, the main mission of Facebook was to unite friends and family. Now it's time to move on to the next stage, says Zuckerberg. According to the head, now the company needs to focus on creating global social infrastructure.
"History is the story of how we've learned to come together in ever greater numbers -- from tribes to cities to nations. At each step, we built social infrastructure like communities, media and governments to empower us to achieve things we couldn't on our own.
Today we are close to taking our next step. Our greatest opportunities are now global -- like spreading prosperity and freedom, promoting peace and understanding, lifting people out of poverty, and accelerating science. Our greatest challenges also need global responses -- like ending terrorism, fighting climate change, and preventing pandemics. Progress now requires humanity coming together not just as cities or nations, but also as a global community. " said Zuckerberg.
The head of Facebook, described five areas, the development of which could contribute to the social network:
- How do we help people build supportive communities that strengthen traditional institutions in a world where membership in these institutions is declining?
- 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?
- How do we help people build an informed community that exposes us to new ideas and builds common understanding in a world where every person has a voice?
- How do we help people build a civically-engaged community in a world where participation in voting sometimes includes less than half our population?
- How do we help people build an inclusive community that reflects our collective values and common humanity from local to global levels, spanning cultures, nations and regions in a world with few examples of global communities?
In his message, Zuckerberg reiterated that the company needs to strengthen the fight against the spread of false news. He also acknowledged that Facebook, like other social media, contributes to the polarization of the views of users.