A recent speech by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg featured the billionaire’s latest vision — turning his company into an institution that can mimic religion’s role in civil society according to The Washington Times.
“Facebook CEO says company can fill role played by churches.” The Washington Times wrote.
Mr. Zuckerberg spoke to a Chicago audience on June 22 about his plan to use Facebook’s cultural reach to shape church communities.
Early reporting mentioned his broad hopes for society as a whole — “ending poverty, curing disease, stopping climate change, spreading freedom and tolerance, stopping terrorism” — although CNBC provided additional details on Monday.
In his quest to “bring communities together” through Facebook and social media, Mark Zuckerberg laid out his goal in a Chicago speech and suggested Americans are in need of something to unify their lives.
According to TruNews he was quoted in a CNBC.com report saying the following:
“It’s so striking that for decades, membership in all kinds of groups has declined as much as one-quarter,” he said during a rally for Facebook users who’ve built large community-support groups on the site. “That’s a lot of of people who now need to find a sense of purpose and support somewhere else.”
He added, “People who go to church are more likely to volunteer and give to charity — not just because they’re religious, but because they’re part of a community.” Zuckerberg thinks Facebook can help, using its networking power to organize people.
“A church doesn’t just come together. It has a pastor who cares for the well-being of their congregation, makes sure they have food and shelter. A little league team has a coach who motivates the kids and helps them hit better. Leaders set the culture, inspire us, give us a safety net, and look out for us.”
Zuckerberg is pushing to use Facebook’s artificial intelligence algorithm to make the site even better at organizing online communities.
“We started a project to see if we could get better at suggesting groups that will be meaningful to you. We started building artificial intelligence to do this. And it works. In the first 6 months, we helped 50% more people join meaningful communities.”
Bringing people closer together is so important that “we’re going to change Facebook’s whole mission to take this on,” Zuckerberg said in Chicago.
The billionaire said he plans to use Facebook to connect 1 billion users to different communities.
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