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The Facebook CEO, speaking about his mission for the social network over the next 10 years, didn’t mention Trump’s name during the 30-minute speech, but did reference some of the Republican presidential candidate’s more controversial policies, including his call to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico.
“We’ve gone from a world of isolated communities to one global community and we are all better off for it,” Zuckerberg. “But as I look around and as I travel around the world, I’m starting to see people and nations turning inward, against this idea of a connected world and a global community. I hear fearful voices calling for building walls and distancing people they label as others, for blocking free expression, for slowing immigrations, reducing trade and, in some cases around the world, even cutting access to the Internet.”
He later continued: “Instead of building walls, we can help people build bridges. Instead of dividing people, we can help bring people together.”
Zuckerberg’s passionate speech opened Facebook’s two-day F8 conference, designed primarily for developers building products on the Facebook platform. During his time on stage, Zuckerberg unveiled a new tool within its Messenger feature that will allow companies to automate conversations with customers. Early partner CNN is using the feature to send personalized news stories to readers, and 1-800-Flowers is taking orders through the platform.
Zuckerberg also revealed that Facebook will open up its Live feature so that people can stream live on any device, including drones.
These announcements are all part of the 10-year-plan that the CEO laid out at the start of his speech, a strategy that he says is part of Facebook’s mission to connect every person.
“It takes courage to choose hope over fear, to say that we can build something and make it better than it has ever been before,” he said. “You have to be optimistic to think that you can change the world. And people will always call you naive, but it’s this hope and this optimism that is behind every important step forward.”
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