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Zuckerberg on “Building Global Community”

This is an important time in the development of our global community, and it’s a time when many of us around the world are reflecting on how we can have the most positive impact.

History has had many moments like today. As we’ve made our great leaps from tribes to cities to nations, we have always had to build social infrastructure like communities, media and governments for us to thrive and reach the next level. At each step we learned how to come together to solve our challenges and accomplish greater things than we could alone. We have done it before and we will do it again.

In a 5,800-word letter Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, expounds on his vision for its future.

Some of the reactions to the letter –

His letter is filled with abstract ideas, including the notion of “social infrastructure” and how to create stronger online communities, with few detailed steps about how to realize those goals.

Zuckerberg isn’t parting the curtain to show the technology behind the rhetoric. He does say that algorithms alone can’t deliver that range—that as with efforts to remove inappropriate content and fake news, Facebook will depend on a blend of automation and human intelligence. But it’s the particulars that matter.