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Facebook just changed its mission, because the old one was broken
Facebook used to repeat its mission statement 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.” And it's still the mission you see when you visit the company's Facebook page. But in a remarkable letter published today, CEO Mark Zuckerberg acknowledged the severe shortcomings and blind spots that his company's mission created. Going forward, he said, the company will consider what happens after it connects people — and try to manage those effects for the better. “In times like these,” Zuckerberg wrote, “the most important thing we at Facebook can do is develop the social infrastructure to give people the power to build a global community that works for all of us.” Over 5,800 words, Zuckerberg mentions “social infrastructure” 14 times — without ever quite describing what it is. But at a high level, he writes, he has five goals: to help users build communities that are supportive, that are safe, that are informed, that are civically engaged, and that are inclusive. “For the past decade, Facebook has focused on connecting friends and families,” Zuckerberg writes. “With that foundation, our next focus will be developing the social infrastructure for community.”
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