CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg recently discussed seeing his company as a protective bulwark against a growing isolationism. He said his social networking site may be a “social infrastructure” for the world.
In a statement of 5,700 words Zuckerberg – the founder of the largest social networking network in the world – quoted Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States during the Civil War period in the nineteenth century. Lincoln was best known for his eloquence and presenting a philosophical point of view.
Zuckerberg’s remarks come at a time when a lot of people and countries around the world are adopting an internal focus on their affairs. US President Donald Trump has pledged to put “America first” in his inauguration speech in January. It came in the wake of Britain’s decision in June to get out of the European Union.
Mark Zuckerberg wrote: “There are people all over the world have been marginalised by globalisation and movements of the withdrawal of global communication,” without specifying a particular movement.
He asked whether “the way forward is more communication or anti track,” he said, adding that he supports the convergence between people.
And using the words of Lincoln Zuckerberg told Facebook users totaling about 1.9 billion people, “the last principles of the Pacific does not fit the stormy present”.
Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook may move to what is beyond its beginnings as a network to connect friends and relatives, suggesting that (Facebook) may play a role in five areas, including the support of traditional institutions and provide assistance during and after crises and to promote civic participation.