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Mark Zuckerberg published a 5,800 word humanitarian manifesto to fight isolationism


Founder of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg published a 5,800 word letter on Thursday argued against the seemingly growing tide of isolationism in the world. Zuckerberg urged Facebookers to move the platform more than as a way to connect to family and friends, but to use it as a place to build "social infrastructure" in bringing people together in a "global community."

The note stood in stark contrast to Donald Trump's "America First."

Mark Zuckerberg fights against isolationism
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Progress now requires humanity coming together not just as cities or nations, but also as a global community
Mark Zuckerberg

The letter comes as Facebook faces backlash for creating filter bubbles and spreading misinformation during a bitter 2016 presidential election. Zuckerberg acknowledged previous mishaps but promised to bring reform, such as a revised policy to publish controversial newsworthy information.

"We saw this in errors taking down newsworthy videos related to Black Lives Matter and police violence, and in removing the historical Terror of War photo from Vietnam. We've seen this in misclassifying hate speech in political debates in both directions -- taking down accounts and content that should be left up and leaving up content that was hateful and should be taken down."

Zuckerberg also promised to reorient Facebook to ensure it's promoting inclusive and supportive policies, while noting that he doesn't have all the answers.

"Sitting here in California, we're not best positioned to identify the cultural norms around the world," he wrote. "Instead, we need a system where we can all contribute to setting the standards." 

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