Mark Zuckerberg’s manifesto to ‘save the world’ is a hollow 6000-word status update on Facebook; here’s why

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Published: February 17, 2017 3:34:35 PM

Mark Zuckerberg has a simple solution to all the problems in the world, and he has posted it as a six thousand word on Facebook. Facebook, has grown from just a social networking website to something which Zuckerberg believes, can save the world.

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Mark Zuckerberg has a simple solution to all the problems in the world, and he has posted it as a six thousand word on Facebook. Facebook, has grown from just a social networking website to something which Zuckerberg believes, can save the world. This post by Zuckerberg titled ‘Building Global Community’ comes at a time when Facebook has been mired in two main controversies, alleged propagation of fake news and the probable political ambition of its founder. Meanwhile, the overtly long post beefs up more questions than it answers. While, the Facebook co-founder, provided some steps to achieve some of the goals that have been set, he did not answer what the consequences will be if there is a conflict of interest with world leaders. He did not even answer the questions that can be raised on Facebook’s earnings due to the global connections.

According to Zuckerberg, there are some key areas in which answers are needed, in order to save the world, and they are ‘supportive communities,’ ‘safe community,’ ‘informed community,’ ‘civically-engaged community,’ and ‘inclusive community.’ But did he suggest any proper methods achieve all these? No. Additionally, Zuckerberg calls against the increased nationalist sentiments among countries in the world in an era of protectionism. Do such points indicate a probable election contestation for the social media czar in the future, or is it just an indication of Facebook’s plans which might not be directed towards just connecting people.

In the 6000 word ‘status update’, Zuckerberg raised a raging debate about globalisation and said that what was once a sought after aspect in world affairs, is now undesirable. He said that Facebook users will be pushed to in the direction of the narrative that, ‘progress now requires humanity coming together not just as cities or nations, but also as a global community.’ Incidentally, this letter was a continuation of an ‘original founder’s letter’, published in 2012 where Zuckerberg wrote that Facebook’s social mission was ‘to make the world more open and connected.’

Zuckerberg’s debate against globalisation might have a valid point, mainly because of world powers pushing the nationalism envelope. Trump in the US and Britain opting out of the European Union are the two main examples. But he does not offer any concrete solution to any of the real issues. The post is just filled with hollow words like building ‘infrastructure’ to help solve some of the world’s biggest issues. Zuckerberg tells his platform users everything that is wrong with the world, like poverty, terrorism, climate change, pandemics, and offers a fix that will bring peace and prosperity to people. He never provides any solid solutions, just the fact that ‘Facebook is working on something’.

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