Facebook is already miles ahead of other social media companies in terms of active user base, but it’s not willing to slow things down. To ensure it remains the number one social media network in the world, company CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced a new mission statement today. The new statement as revealed by the Facebook CEO is aimed at putting more power in the hands of its users.
“Today at the Facebook Communities Summit we changed our mission to focus on bringing the world closer together. I’ve been thinking about this idea for a long time. I started talking about it in my community letter and at Harvard Commencement, and today I shared the most complete explanation of what we’re going to focus on for the next decade. Thank you for all your work building community and bringing people together,” the Facebook CEO said.
The Facebook founder took participants at the Facebook Community Summit down memory lane by focusing on what the company tried to achieve in the last couple of years. It believed it could do more by working to bring the world together:
“For the past decade, we’ve focused on making the world more open and connected. We’re not done with that. But I used to think that if we just gave people a voice and helped them connect, that would make the world better by itself. In many ways it has. But our society is still divided. Now I believe we have a responsibility to do even more. It’s not enough to simply connect the world, we must also work to bring the world closer together.”
Also at the summit where 300 admins of top Groups were assembled, Zuckerberg also announced a set of new tools for admins. The tools will enable admins to manage their members. The set of tools added by Facebook will enable group admins to properly automate the busy schedules they face daily.
“Groups have been around since the very beginning of Facebook,” Chief Product Officer Chris Cox tells me. “The original Facebook was more of a communities product than it was about friends. ‘Who else was in my dorm? Who else was in my school? Who else was in my club?’ It wasn’t sharing photos of with my friends, which is what Facebook became,” he said in a 6000-word letter read at the conference.
Last month, Facebook placed more power in the hands of admins. According to the announcement made by the social media company, admins now have more power to screen prospective members. If you are a Group admin, Facebook says you can now add new members by establishing up to three questions for them to answer. It means you now have the power to screen potential members to ensure they are the right people you want in your Group.
The feature will help make discussions more constructive and fight against spam.
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