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Facebook’s 10-year roadmap to connect the world

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Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and co-founder of Facebook, participated in the F8 conference in San Francisco, California on Tuesday. Zuckerberg laid out Facebook’s strategic plan for the next 10 years’ period, during which the CEO is hoping to bring everyone in the world together.

Tech mogul addressed a number of political and socially-related issues, straying further from simply considering average Facebook users. The company has a plan to overcome the internet shortage that leaves almost 4 billion people around the world without any means of access.

Among other things, Zuckerberg addressed the issues of immigration and discrimination, proposing the notions of free trade and free movement across countries.

“We are one global community,” said Facebook’s CEO. “Whether we are welcoming a refugee fleeing war or an immigrant seeking opportunity, coming together to fight a global disease like Ebola or to address climate change.”

He highlighted that the aim of the organisation is to empower every individual and to enable a free information flow that would be available for anyone to access. Zuckerberg believes that only by erasing differences and joining forces together people can achieve the ideals of a connected and global community.

The company plans to impose an ambitious 10-year roadmap through the upgraded and innovative ecosystems, products and technologies. Facebook is planning on achieving greater unification among the population with the use of upgraded Messenger features, such as chatbots, as well as other social media accounts deployment currently in their ownership.

The family of apps in Facebook’s disposal allows the company to act as an intermediary in every communication type, starting from tete-a-tete communication over WhatsApp, small group chat on Facebook Messenger and all the way to an open Instagram account that can reach the world.

New technologies mentioned in the keynotes assumed superior connectivity features through the usage of drones, satellites and other terrestrial solutions.

Virtual reality (VR) was also highlighted as one of the most important technological goals, as Facebook plans on introducing VR in a number of contexts, including mobile apps and social VR features.

The content of Zuckerberg’s speech also had a strong political message, directly contradicting Donald Trump’s vision of the future.

“I hear fearful voices calling for building walls and distancing people they label as ‘others’. I hear them calling for blocking free expression, for slowing immigration, for reducing trade, and in some cases even for cutting access to the internet,” said Zuckerberg.

In his Facebook post later that day, the CEO admitted his speech was far from conventional, yet he stated that the keynotes’ topics raised were personally very important to him and thus, his politically-charged content was worth sharing with the public.

Interestingly, Zuckerberg is not the only tech CEO that has involved himself in some sort of political propaganda. Apple’s CEO Tim Cook and Microsoft’s Satya Nadella also joined the ranks in the attempt to bring the society into a new and more united future. Political campaigning and privacy legal battles currently occurring in the U.S. must have served as triggers on some level to bring technology giants into a fight for a better world.

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