Facebook’s previous mission statement was repeated so often that most tech reporters could recite it from memory: “To give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected.” But today marked a change in history as a remarkable letter was published today, CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed a new mission statement, to “Give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together.”change today at the Facebook Communities Summit for top Group admins where it announced new Group management tools. “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,” Zuckerberg admits. “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.”
Rather than have the new mission be just a philosophy, Zuckerberg says Facebook is turning it into a goal. “We want to help 1 billion people join meaningful communities. If we can do this it will not only reverse the whole decline in community membership we’ve seen around the world… but it will also strengthen our social fabric and bring the world closer together.” Right now Facebook considers there to be only 100 million meaningful group members.
The evolution of Facebook’s mission statement is a milestone in its transformation and a way to reach the world faster as a community of people of like minds.
The mission statement was majorly Catalyzed by the fake news scandals surrounding the U.S. presidential election. And Americans got a crash course in the ways that foreign powers use propaganda to tamper in elections when the U.S. intelligence community revealed their consensus belief that Russian government hackers interfered in the months leading up to November 2016 to help President Donald Trump secure a victory.
Facebook CEO Zuckerberg first laid emphasis in his 6,000-word letter on a “Building Community,” which focused on what Facebook could do to help. He noted that, “When we began, this idea was not controversial. Every year, the world got more connected and this was seen as a positive trend. Yet now, across the world, there are millions people left behind by digital globalization, and some are been withdrawn from global connection.”
Mark Zuckerberg has codified those intentions into Facebook’s charter. In his speech, he outlined how individuals could help “to create a world where every single person has a sense of purpose by bring the everyone closer to each other”
Mark added “Our lives are all connected. In the next generation, our greatest opportunities and challenges we can only take on together — ending poverty, curing disease, stopping climate change, spreading freedom and tolerance, stopping terrorism. No single group or even country can do that alone. We have to build a world where people come together to take on these big meaningful efforts
This is our challenge. We have to build a world where everyone has a sense of purpose and community. That’s how we’ll bring the world closer together. We have to build a world where we care about a person in India or China or Nigeria or Mexico as much as a person here. That’s how we’ll achieve our greatest opportunities and build the world we want for generations to come.
So today we’re going to start rolling out new tools to make it easier for you to build communities. There’s a clear roadmap here, like what we’ve done with Page and Events admins.
First, we’re going to give you new tools that offer insights into who your members are and how they’re engaging — insights into things like join requests and the time of day your members are most active.
So if you run a group for new moms, maybe that’s 1am, and 3am, and 5am. We’re about to have another daughter so I’m going to have to get back on that schedule and of course we have new tools for managing new member requests. You’re going to be able to sort and filter requests by location and gender, and group them together so you can accept or decline them all at once. That’s going to save you a lot of time!
And we’re going to help you remove bad actors and their content quickly to keep a positive and safe environment. This is really important.
In the next couple of days, you’re going to hear more about our roadmap and our research on what makes meaningful communities. Because if we’re going to bring the world closer together, we need to support people like you who are already doing it. And we need to give that power to more people too.
That’s the power of the communities you’re building. You may think you’re just creating a space for new moms, or bird watchers, or locksmiths. But when you give people a way to connect and a sense of support, it can lead to important changes.We all have the power to be leaders. And if enough of us work to build community and bring people closer together, we just might change the world.
In his closing speech he said “ I will like to thank you all for coming out today. Thank you so much for all you do for your communities and for the world. It’s an honor to be on this mission with you, and I’m looking forward to doing this together”.
There has been mark in history today and is a welcome development and many congrats to all Facebook users and all the best to Zuckerberg as he takes Facebook to another new dimension in creating , changing and bringing the world closer.