Mark Zuckerberg has revealed deep-seated concerns that the tide is turning against globalisation.
In an interview with the BBC, the Facebook founder said that fake news, polarised views and “filter bubbles” were damaging “common understanding”.
He said people had been left behind by global growth, sparking demands to “withdraw” from the “connected world”.
In a call to action, he said people must not “sit around and be upset”, but act to build “social infrastructures”.
“When I started Facebook, the mission of connecting the world was not controversial,” he told me.
“It was as if it was a default assumption that people had; every year the world got more connected and that seems like the direction things were heading in.
“Now that vision is becoming more controversial.”
He told the BBC: “There are people around the world that feel left behind by globalisation and the rapid changes that have happened, and there are movements as a result to withdraw from some of that global connection.”
Mr Zuckerberg’s interview comes alongside the publication of a 5,500-word letter he has written about the future of Facebook and the global economy.
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