The Facebook CEO opened his keynote address at the company’s big F8 developers conference with a passionate message that took aim at Trump’s campaign while briefly outlining Facebook’s 10-year vision, which is all about connecting every person across the world.
Though Zuckerberg never mentioned Trump by name, he noted “fearful voices” talking about “building walls, distancing people they label as others.”
“As I look around and I travel around the world, I’m starting to see people and nations turning inward, against this idea of a connected world and a global community,” he said.
The CEO said the tech community has a responsibility to help push away those messages and have the courage to “bring people together, not push them apart; to connect more, not less.”
“If the world starts to turn inward, then our community will just have to work even harder to bring people together,” he said. “That’s why I think the work we are all doing is so important. We can actually give more people a voice. Instead of building walls, we can help people build bridges. Instead of dividing people, we can help bring people together.”
Zuckerberg said this can be done “one connection at a time, one innovation at a time, day after day after day.” He added that “it takes courage to choose hope over fear, to say we can build something and make it better than it has ever been before.”
“You have to be optimistic to think you can change the world,” the Facebook founder noted. “People will call you naive, but it’s this hope and optimism that is behind every important step forward.”
Below you’ll see Facebook’s 10-year plan that Zuckerberg revealed today. He also spoke about a new chatbot platform for Messenger, among other topics like virtual reality and live video.