Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg wants his social media platform to fill a role in people’s lives that only churches and other community support groups once had. The Facebook’s boss comments come amid a surge in Facebook users signing up for online groups.
Zuckerberg envisioned a future in which Facebook’s groups will be as important as churches. Just like local religious congregations and little league teams, the social media giant should be able to bring people together.
Facebook already has 2 billion users, so, Zuckerberg’s dream may not bet that far-fetched. He unveiled his ambitious plan in Chicago where he delivered a speech on the need for Americans to have something in their lives that could bring them together.
“It’s so striking that for decades, membership in all kinds of groups has declined as much as one-quarter,”
Zuckerberg added that all those people not belonging to a church or other type of community support group should “find a sense of purpose and support somewhere else.” He suggested that that “somewhere else” should be Facebook’s huge community support groups.
Support Groups Could Motivate People to Do Better
He highlighted that church-goers are more likely to give to charity and volunteer not just because they have deeply held beliefs but because they belong to a community. He thinks that his social media platform could use networking power to get people more engaged.
Zuckerberg also said that the role of a pastor is not just to bring people together. He also provides food, shelter, and cares for the well-being of people in his church. This is the case with a little league coach who strives to motivate children and helps them play better.
In the wake of a tidal wave of fake news that flooded Facebook users’ news feeds, Zuckerberg is thinking about using AI to prevent disinformation. He also started using AI algorithms to manage online communities and match people with groups that are meaningful to them based on their interests.
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