Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg visits Nebraska and Iowa

Two Billion People Coming Together on Facebook

"A church doesn't just come together", said Zuckerberg.

He said: "If we can do this, it will not only turn around the whole decline in community membership we've seen for decades, it will start to strengthen our social fabric and bring the world closer together".

To change that, Zuckerberg now wants to tap into the power of communities the way churches and Little League teams do.

CNBC reports that later at the rally, the Facebook CEO discussed the use of Facebook as a community tool to bring it's users closer together, "It's so striking that for decades, membership in all kinds of groups has declined as much as one-quarter", said Zuckerberg during the Communities Summit, "That's a lot of people who now need to find a sense of goal and support somewhere else". It's a far cry from the 100 million (or five percent) of users who are now engaging in groups Facebook deems to be "meaningful communities", and Facebook will be up against an incredible odds when it comes to getting users to solace within an online space that has housed live-streaming violence, fake news, and one of the most brutal battlefields during the 2016 election. On the other hand, there were also reports that Facebook had the means to combat fake news but that it chose not to because the the system tended to disproportionately remove news posted by conservative sites. "That's how we're going to bring the world closer together".

Who gets to decide what's controversial, especially in a global community with a multitude of cultural norms?

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg visits Nebraska and Iowa

According to tech observers, a favorite talking point of Zuckerberg's - to his credit - is how Facebook members use the platform.

After the Obergefell Supreme Court decision imposed legalized gay "marriage" on the U.S.in June 2015, the social media platform promptly instituted a Celebrate Pride profile picture tool containing a rainbow flag overlay. Either way Facebook became an active player. Users can now choose between male and female, or customize their own. Facebook staff later apologized and restored her access.

The Facebook curators were also directed to artificially "inject" certain stories into the trending news module, regardless of whether they were popular enough to be included or weren't trending at all. "He closes out his tweetstorm with "#sheryl2020", joking that Zuckerberg's second in command, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, might end up being a better presidential candidate.

In the past few months, Zuckerberg has visited military bases, dined with "folks" in OH, and has even been photographed working on the assembly line of a Ford factory - stuff people usually do when they're starting a political campaign.

How should young internet users be introduced to new ways to express themselves in a safe environment?

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