This has to be a first — a change in company mission statement trending on social media.

Mark Zuckerberg interviewed on CNN Tech. Image via
But when the company has 1.9 billion monthly users and is worth $440 billion, no surprise. Thank Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook for the interest.

“We used to have a sense that if we could just do those [connecting people] things, then that would make a lot of the things in the world better by themselves,” Zuckerberg told CNN Tech.

“But now we realize that we need to do more too. It’s important to give people a voice, to get a diversity of opinions out there, but on top of that, you also need to do this work of building common ground so that way we can all move forward together.”

So the new FB mission statement is “To give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together.”

The first and only until now was “To give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected.”

Z-man is counting on Facebook Groups — used by a billion people — to make his goal happen.

“A lot of what we can do is to help create a more civil and productive debate on some of the bigger issues as well,” Zuckerberg told CNN Tech’s Laurie Segall in Chicago in what CNN called his first in-depth interview for television since 2012.

“The way Zuckerberg describes it, being active in Groups can be a political act, a grassroots way to address the ills of the world,” CNN said, then quoted the CEO:

“A lot of the important stuff that needs to happen in the world [is] global … whether that’s addressing challenges like stopping climate change or stopping pandemic diseases or terrorism.

“None of these things can happen just by one country or group of people deciding to do it. There’s no top-down structure to enable that, so the will needs to be built bottom up.”

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