Mark Zuckerberg just opened Facebook’s annual F8 developer get-together with a couple of jabs at presidential candidate and entrepreneur Donald Trump.
The firm’s CEO was talking in front of a diverse crowd in San Francisco. Zuckerberg said “it takes courage to choose hope over fear”, and went on to criticise Trump’s controversial decision to build a wall to keep out immigrants from neighbouring Mexico. The idea has been widely criticised, for example Fusion journalist Jorge Ramos said that real change comes from those people who are willing to be optimistic and not “fearful voices talking about building walls”.
Zuckerberg also went on to say:
“Instead of building walls we can help build bridges. Instead of dividing people we can connect people. We do it one person at a time, one connection at time. That’s why I think the work we’re doing together is more important than it has even been before”.
The talk itself was mainly concerned with Zuckerberg and Facebook’s efforts to make positive changes in the world via initiatives such as Internet.org, Free Basics, as well as looking at new uses for technologies such as virtual reality.
He also revealed more about Facebook’s long-term plans, which is effectively lasers, bots and virtual reality…
Larry Banks is a keen follower of technology and finance. He has worked for a variety of online publications, writing about a diverse range of topics including mobile networks, patents, and Internet video delivery technologies.