Facebook stood for ‘making the world more open and connected’ but Mark Zuckerberg thought the need of the hour is much more than just being connected over a virtual platform. At the Facebook Communities Summit, the CEO announced the company’s new mission which is now to “bring the world closer together.” The new focus on building a better platform for human interaction and community building comes in light of the recent stress put forth by politicians and users alike to make the internet free from hate. Also Read - Facebook smartwatch to feature cameras alongside fitness functions: Yes, detachable cameras!Also Read - What happens to your Facebook account after you die?
As Facebook records 2 billion monthly users on its platform, Zuckerberg wants the new mission to give people the power to build a community that would not only bring the world together but also help them join meaningful communities. He said, For the last decade or so we ve been focusing on making the world more open and connected. But I used to think that if we just give people a voice and help some people connect that that would make the world a whole lot better by itself. He further added,”Look around and our society is still so divided. We have a responsibility to do more, not just to connect the world but to bring the world closer together.” Also Read - WhatsApp Multi-device support confirmed, public beta rollout begins in two months: Mark Zuckerberg
From being an open platform for users to connect with, Facebook is now synonymous with advertising, business, and opened up channels for casual users to become content generators. As a result of this open-nature, the platform has also come under the scanner for not taking proper measures to stop abusive, hateful content from spreading. In the recent past, the company has indeed taken steps to ensure the platform is safer for users and hostile for those who are mal-intentional. ALSO READ: Is AI the perfect solution to help Facebook counter terrorism and extremism?
At yesterday’s summit, Facebook announced that it not only wants to help the one billion people connect but ensure they join meaningful communities. Right now, Facebook considers there are only 100 million meaningful group members. A TechCrunch quotes Facebook Chief Product Officer Chris Cox saying, ” We’re getting to a size where it s worth really taking a careful look at what are all the things that we can do to make social media the greatest force for good possible. ALSO READ: Watch Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg s commencement speech on generational challenge at Harvard University
In order to expand its presence in users’ lives, Facebook took measures to ‘feed’ the service by segregating its portal into main app and Messaging app, acquiring other services such as WhatsApp, and cloning features to ensure dependence reaches the peak level. But now that the userbase is multiplying at an astounding rate, the service has become a dumping yard for any and every type of content. The company recently announced steps to ensure the charm is not lost in expansion. In doing so, it is taking help of the human and the machine alike. With the new mission to bring the world closer, it will be interesting to see if Facebook gives the idea more preference over its business needs. RELATED: Facebook to hire more humans to cap human-related woes; is artificial intelligence failing to understand us?