Mark Zuckerberg says the world is much more divided than he ever expected

Jeremy Berke–Amid a growing backlash over how big tech companies are impacting society, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the world is more divided than he ever anticipated.

“We’ve been focused on making the world more open and connected,” Zuckerberg said on a recent episode of the ‘Freakonomics Radio‘ podcast. “And I always thought that that would be enough to solve a lot of problems by itself.”

Zuckerberg told the show’s host, Stephen Dubner, that “the world is today more divided than I would have expected for the level of openness and connection that we have today.”

Facebook has come under fire from people in and outside of the tech world due to issues of tech addiction and the platform’s role in spreading misinformation during the contentious 2016 election. Since then, the social network has instituted a series of changes to its news feed that have actually reduced the total time users spend on the site by up to 50 million hours per day.

Zuckerberg told Dubner that Facebook, in his view, has a responsibility to work on connecting people across ideological divides. He said that while he believes most people mean to do well by each other, “confronting truths or perspectives that don’t fit with ours” can cause people to lash out.

In Zuckerberg’s view, social networks like Facebook should provide a productive starting point for discussion by helping people bond over things they have in common.

There are ” lots of different issues and things that help bind people together,” Zuckerberg said, including a well-functioning economy and the jobs it provides. To help boost economic opportunity around the world, he said, Facebook is working to spread the internet — and the opportunity for new jobs and connections it brings — to underserved communities. Of course, that would also lead to more new Facebook users.

The interview is part of a six-part series called the ‘Secret Life of CEOs’ on ‘Freakonomics Radio.’

4 Replies to “Mark Zuckerberg says the world is much more divided than he ever expected

  1. This country became totally divided in 2016, with the president election. About a year ago, I was talking to a person and they were talking about Trump and I said it was a mistake to elect him, so the guy bitched that I voted for Clinton, I told him I voted for Gary, the libertarian, he called me a chicken shit voter.

  2. Division is REQUIRED for the banksters NWO plans. The ONLY thing that can stop them is if humanity united against them, which should be easy since everyone alive is a victim of their crimes.

  3. ZUCKerberg wants to censor who uses FACEBOOK —- but says WE cannot censor who comes into Our house?!
    Take the locks off his doors. Take those WALLS down from around ZUCKerberg’s houses. NEVER allow him to file a “breaking & entering” complaint because ZUCKerberg wants anyone to be able to “break & enter” America.
    By the way …..ZUCK thinks he can just “share” our house/Nation …..
    he never served in uniform so he should “share” all his money with those who were wounded saving HIS FREEDOM and PROPERTY.
    Since ZUCK does not recognize Our property rights to Our country then he relinquishes all property rights to “his” money.
    PHuck – ZUCK

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