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How Facebook Plans to Dominate Digital Communication Over the Next 10 Years
By: Contently
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“We’ve gone from a world of isolated communities to a global community, and we are all the better off for it.”

“I’m starting to see nations turning inwards… I hear fearful voices calling for building walls.”

“I hope that we have the courage to see that the path forward is to bring people together, not tearing them apart.”

President Obama? Paul Ryan? Nope, that’s Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and founder of Facebook, whose keynote at Facebook’s annual F8 conference sounded more like a State of the Union address than a speech for software developers.

It’s not surprising that Zuckerberg got so political. Now more than ever, Facebook is part of the global fabric. The social network boasts 1.6 billion monthly users, a number larger than the population of any nation, 83.6 percent of whom live outside of the U.S. and Canada. Facebook Messenger has about 800 million users. WhatsApp climbed to 1 billion. And Instagram boasts a base of 400 million. Not too shabby.

Along with Google, Facebook is attempting to connect two-thirds of the world’s population that doesn’t have access to the Internet. It has lasers; drones; balloons; lobbyists; and its free app, Free Basics, on the case. Put simply, Facebook needs a political vision because it’s an important part of the entire world—perhaps more important to a larger number of people’s daily lives than any other company that’s ever existed.

That political vision is pretty simple: Connection is good, and Facebook helps people connect.


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This article was first published by Contently.com. A link to the original can be found at the bottom of the post. www.contently.com
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