Mark Zuckerberg to study impact of globalisation with US tour – FT

The chief executive of the world’s largest social network has made it a personal challenge to have visited people in every state in the US by the end of the year, to discover how they are living, working and thinking about the future.

In a post on Facebook, Mr Zuckerberg said that after a “tumultuous last year”, it seems that “we are at a turning point in history”. He called on his readers to work to “find a way to change the game so it works for everyone”.

“For decades, technology and globalisation have made us more productive and connected,” he said. “This has created many benefits, but for a lot of people it has also made life more challenging. This has contributed to a greater sense of division than I have felt in my lifetime.”

Facebook came under fire during the US election for doing too little to stop the spread of fake news stories, such as a report that the Pope had endorsed Mr Trump, which gained a much larger audience than real publications on the platform. It was also criticised for creating filter bubbles, where users only see posts that reflect their own opinions.

Silicon Valley has been shaken by the election of Mr Trump, with many liberal technology leaders uncomfortable with his rhetoric. But in a meeting, the president-elect told chief executives from leading technology companies that he wanted to support their innovation. Peter Thiel, a Facebook board member, is on Mr Trump’s transition team, and Elon Musk of Tesla and SpaceX, and Travis Kalanick of Uber, have signed on as advisers.

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