"That's why it is so striking that over the past few decades, membership in all kinds of communities around the world has been declining and a lot of places by as much as one-quarter". The average user belongs to 30 groups, and while more than one billion are members of groups, just 100 million are in "meaningful groups", or groups where they have a sense of goal. Over the last six months, Facebook has doubled the number of users who are community members by utilising artificial intelligence to identify the communities best suited to individual users and plans to roll out a set of tools aimed toward boosting the quality of groups and the way that people interact with them over the coming months.
"Until recently, the Nebraska constitution banned gay marriage", Zuckerberg wrote in his post. "It has a pastor who cares for the well-being of their congregation, makes sure they have food and shelter", he said.
Every day, more than 800 million people "like" something on Facebook and more than 750 million new friends connect.
Facebook and other social media platforms are also under increasing pressure to implement new safeguards to protect against the posting of unsafe and/or disturbing material.
The mission statement was changed from "Make the world more open and connected" to "Bring the world closer together".
In January, Zuckerberg shared on Facebook that he was trying to travel to 30 states this year in order to achieve his goal of visiting and meeting people in every US state.
For those who have never come across them, Facebook groups are ad hoc collections of people united by a single interest, who can use the service's group features for sharing thoughts and photos, offering support and organizing events. Who gets to decide what's controversial, especially with a global audience and various cultural norms? It came under fire a year ago because of bias some of its editors were showing toward conservative news websites being placed in the "Trending" box.
The Facebook curators were also directed to artificially "inject" certain stories into the trending news module, regardless of whether they were popular enough to be included or weren't trending at all.
"We may come from different backgrounds, but we all want to find goal and authenticity in something bigger than ourselves", Zuckerberg wrote. They spoke for about 10 minutes, with Stothert providing Zuckerberg some examples of places to see in town, and telling him that Omaha is a great city to live in and visit.
He has also stated that Internet access is a human right.