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      (CNN Money) - Mark Zuckerberg tiene un plan para ayudar a prevenir que noticias falsas sean compartidas en Facebook.
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      Se trata de un cambio de tono de Zuckerberg respecto a los comentarios hechos inmediatamente después de la elección.
      "Creo que la idea de que las noticias en Facebook -las cuales son muy pocas- influyeron en la elección en algún modo es una idea muy loca", dijo la semana pasada.
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      "Algunas de estas ideas funcionarán bien y otras no", reconoció Zuckerberg. "Comprendemos cuán importante es el tema para nuestra comunidad y nos comprometemos a hacerlo bien".

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      SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg laid out a 10-year plan to connect the world that sounded as much like a political cause as a grab for potential billions in dollars.
      In a sweeping address that took on sharp political tones at times, Facebook's 31-year-old CEO detailed how Facebook aims to reach the planet's 7 billion people — half of whom do not have Internet access. And he took very direct aim at those who would limit free trade and immigration.
      “We are one global community,” he said. “Whether we are welcoming a refugee fleeing war or an immigrant seeking opportunity, coming together to fight a global disease like Ebola or to address climate change.”
      The theme of the keynote was, "give everyone the power to share anything with anyone," positioning Facebook as a unifying force for good against the current political winds of divisiveness.  Zuckerberg detailed a plan to bring people together through an ambitious strategy of unfurling technology that jumps borders and crosses cultures, a sharp rebuke to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who has advocated building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and banning Muslims from entering the U.S.
      “As I look around the world, I’m starting to see people and nations turning inward, against the idea of a connected world and a global community,” Zuckerberg said. “I hear fearful voices calling for building walls and distancing people they label as ‘others.’ I hear them calling for blocking free expression, for slowing immigration, for reducing trade, and in some cases even for cutting access to the internet."
      "It takes courage to choose hope over fear," he said.
      In a post on his Facebook page after the keynote, Zuckerberg said the speech was "personally important to me and I spent a lot of time writing it."
      "Even if it's unusual for a CEO to address world issues and lay out a 10-year roadmap to improve them, I care deeply about connecting the world and bringing people together, so I wanted to put this out there. It's different from any other speech I've given," he wrote.
      The keynote, the most politically charged Zuckerberg has ever delivered, staked him as a business leader on the world stage. Speaking to a crowd of 2,600 developers from around the world, one-third of whom used a passport to get to the conference, Zuckerberg presented his vision in three pillars:
      — Artificial intelligence, which will help Facebook better sift through and understand all the photos, videos and updates people post to Facebook;
      — Connectivity, the goal of making Facebook and the internet available everywhere and to everyone through lasers and drones;
      — Virtual and augmented reality, which Zuckerberg says one day will bring friends together even if they are on other sides of the planet through a pair of "normal-looking" glasses that can overlay digital elements on the physical world and become "the most social platform."
      Not everyone buys into Zuckerberg's plans for global domination. In February, India dealt a major setback to Facebook's plans to use Free Basics service to deliver a limited version of the Internet that included Facebook, at no cost.
      "Mark Zuckerberg's vision is both benevolent and altruistic as well as entirely self interested at the same time," said Greg Sterling, contributing editor to SearchEngineLand.
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