On Tuesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the social network now has 2 billion users (a number that is equivalent to more than a quarter of the world’s population).
In a post announcing the milestone, Zuckerberg lauded the progress that was being made in connecting the world, and cited the company’s new mission to bring the world closer together.
“It’s an honor to be on this journey with you,” Zuckerberg stated.
To celebrate, Facebook made users a personalized “Good Adds Up” video that they can watch here.
Facebook, however, hasn’t reached this milestone without some difficulties. It has recently faced criticism for its handling of fake news and disturbing live-streamed videos, and for creating partisan echo chambers. This may have been part of the reason Facebook changed its mission statement for the first time.
Last week, at the Facebook Communities Summit, Zuckerberg announced that the company’s new mission is to “give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together.”
According to an ABC News report, more than 175 million people declare they “love” something on the site daily and an average of more than 800 million people hit Facebook’s like button.
But Zuckerberg no longer believes connecting people online is enough. Speaking to CNN Tech, Zuckerberg said, “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.”
Danita White for TechFunnel.com