Portraying Facebook as a bulwark against rising isolationism, CEO Mark Zuckerberg claimed on Thursday that the social-networking platform could be the “social infrastructure” for the entire globe.
In a lengthy letter to Facebook users, Zuckerberg quoted former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln’s eloquence during the nation’s 19th century Civil War.
Without naming any specific movements, the 32-year-old executive wrote, “Across the world there are people left behind by globalization, and movements for withdrawing from global connection … whether the path ahead is to connect more or reverse course.”
Warning against the apparent reversal of global thinking, he stressed that the “dogmas” of the quiet past are not adequate to the stormy present.
Zuckerberg’s aforementioned comments surfaced at a time when more politicians and nations are taking a growing inward view. U.S. President Donald Trump banned entry of immigrants from seven Muslim-majority nations, while Britain exited the European Union last year.
The founder of the world’s largest social-networking platform also revealed that Facebook could soon move far beyond its current service of connecting friends and families, indicating that it can play a role in new areas that may range from providing help during and after crises to boosting civic engagement.