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Facebook is a work in progress, and we are dedicated to learning and improving. We take our responsibility seriously, and today I want to talk about how we plan to do our part to build this global community.
A healthy society needs these communities to support our personal, emotional and spiritual needs. In a world where this physical social infrastructure has been declining, we have a real opportunity to help strengthen these communities and the social fabric of our society.
Social media and, to some degree, online news in general, are short form and there are some positives, because it forces people to focus their message. But there are negatives too. If all you have is a short message, you tend to oversimplify and you remove the nuance. Our community wants good information and no one ever said, I want misinformation.
We started with friends and family, which is the foundation of society. We always tried to offer that once we got out of the phase as a U.S. college service. We now have to build a global infrastructure that works for everyone. If you use Facebook, most people have 30 or 40 groups, but only one or two that really matter to you and you use actively. People do not seek other kinds of people out to connect. The best communities in the world have leaders. There is a lot of research that real common understanding is having nuanced understanding, things you agree with.
I think we are at a point right now where a lot of people are asking how they can make the most positive impact in the world. If you want to change the direction and continue to bring the world together, [we have to define that.].
I don't want to overpromise. We should not be that heavy handed about this, but try to do things to reduce the problem and a lot of the most egregious stuff is spam, put up by people with a really malicious financial motive make things up that are not true to make money from ads. One of the best ways to stop spam is disrupt the economics of it.
Our philosophy is to give the most voice to the most people, not that everyone can say everything. I don't think we will be the ones to mark things as false. Our approach is to try to get community to do it and I would rather that it come from community rather than us. I am very happy where I am working from. This is not about any one event, because I have cared about this stuff longer, but certainly this whole cycle has at least shown people some of the sentiment of those that have been left behind.
My argument is hopefully nuanced on this, that we need strong local communities. But the biggest opportunity is also being global in the right way. You can't have that happen and not to do everything we can to make that not happen. We are nowhere near doing that.
In most news consumed on paper, the headline is not separate from the content. Online the headline is often the only indicator and that is a problem.
For the past decade, Facebook has focused on connecting friends and families. With that foundation, our next focus will be developing the social infrastructure for community – for supporting us, for keeping us safe, for informing us, for civic engagement, and for inclusion of all.
Across the world there are people left behind by globalization, and movements for withdrawing from global connection. In times like these, the most important thing we at Facebook can do is develop the social infrastructure to give people the power to build a global community that works for all of us. One of my favorite quotes is this Bill Gates quote, that 'people overestimate what they can get done in two years and underestimate what they can get done in 10 years.' And that's an important mindset that I hope more people take today.
The long term promise of AI is that in addition to identifying risks more quickly and accurately than would have already happened, it may also identify risks that nobody would have flagged at all – including terrorists planning attacks using private channels, people bullying someone too afraid to report it themselves, and other issues both local and global. It will take many years to develop these systems.
Hugo shares my belief that virtual and augmented reality will be the next major computing platform. They'll enable us to experience completely new things and be more creative than ever before. Hugo is going to help build that future, and I'm looking forward to having him on our team.
The goal is to make VR and AR what we all want it to be: glasses small enough to take anywhere, software that lets you experience anything, and technology that lets you interact with the virtual world just like you do with the physical one.
I see video as a megatrend on the same order as mobile. That's why we're going to keep putting video first across our family of apps and making it easier for people to capture and share video in new ways.
We're going to keep making big investments in VR content, and I'm excited about what's coming in 2017, from new games to more immersive educational experiences.
I would ask for the patience of the investor community in doing that, because we're going to invest a lot in this and it's not going to return or be really profitable for us for quite a while.
You know, I think there are parts of this that are on a good trajectory, and parts where we're a little behind, where we would want to be. I think Samsung shipping 5 million Gear VRs – that's their product, not ours, but we build technology that powers it. I think that's quite a good result, and one that we're very happy with. It just shows how strong of a company that Samsung is, being able to build these products and sell them through into the world.
On the side of the products that we built, Rift and Touch, were both a little delayed, so that was obviously somewhat of a disappointment. And if you want to accelerate development, obviously, we need to get the product to the market at a good pace.
But I don't think there really is a strategy to pull this in from 10 years to five. I just think it's going to be a 10-year thing. The analogy I always use is, the first smartphones came out in 2003. The BlackBerry and Palm Treo, and it took 10 years to get to a billion units. I don't know if there was something folks could have done to make that happen fast. But I think that was pretty good. And if we can be on a similar trajectory of anywhere near 10 years for VR and AR, I would feel very good about that.
In terms of the content development, I actually think that's coming at a reasonable clip. Early on, there is this issue that if you're a triple-A game developer, until there's a certain volume of units in the field, you're not going to be able to make enough money to fund your game development, just based off of people buying your content. So that's why we're investing so much capital in content, to seed the ecosystem and solve this chicken-and-egg problem.
We're only going to do this in a way that we're comfortable with in the long term.
Upon reflection, I regret that I did not take the time to fully understand the quiet title process and its history before we moved ahead. For most of these folks, they will now receive money for something they never even knew they had. No one will be forced off the land.
We need to keep this country safe, but we should do that by focusing on people who actually pose a threat. Expanding the focus of law enforcement beyond people who are real threats would make all Americans less safe by diverting resources, while millions of undocumented folks who don't pose a threat will live in fear of deportation. We are a nation of immigrants, and we all benefit when the best and brightest from around the world can live, work and contribute here. I hope we find the courage and compassion to bring people together and make this world a better place for everyone.
To find a better path forward, we are dropping our quiet title actions and will work together with the community on a new approach.
For most of these folks, they will now receive money for something they never even knew they had. No one will be forced off the land. We want to make sure we are following a process that protects the interests of property owners, respects the traditions of native Hawaiians, and preserves the environment. We love Kauai. We want to be good members of the community and preserve the land for generations to come.
No. You can make change, but in order for it to be sustainable, you need to build a movement to support it.
A few years ago, Priscilla and I visited Kauai and fell in love with the community and the cloudy green mountains. We kept coming back with family and friends, and eventually decided to plant roots and join the community ourselves.
We bought land and we're dedicated to preserving its natural beauty. It's filled with wildlife like pigs, turtles, rare birds and seals, and local farmers use it to grow fruits and spices. I love taking Max to explore and see all the animals.
Oculus products are based on Oculus technology.
I am here because I believe [these accusations] are false and I think it's important to testify to that.
We were having a lot of [conversations] on our side about whether this was the right thing to go forward and do. $2 billion is a lot of money ... this was a real big strategy investment ... it was a big and contentious discussion.... until the end we weren't certain.
No, I wasn't aware of that. It's something we should investigate.
I've spent significant time in many states already, so I'll need to travel to about 30 states this year to complete this challenge. My work is about connecting the world and giving everyone a voice. I want to personally hear more of those voices this year.
After a tumultuous last year, my hope for this challenge is to get out and talk to more people about how they're living, working and thinking about the future.
I think I can build that for you, Bill.
It's going well–I've done a bunch of things in the community and just tried to get broader exposure.
There are people who see the beauty of things. Then there are people who see things and want to make them better, and I tend to be the latter.
Everything I did this year – natural language, face recognition, speech recognition and so on – are all variants of the same fundamental pattern recognition techniques. But even if I spent 1,000 more hours, I probably wouldn't be able to build a system that could learn completely new skills on its own.
To put that in perspective, I spent about 100 hours building Jarvis this year, and now I have a pretty good system that understands me and can do lots of things. But even if I spent 1,000 more hours, I probably wouldn't be able to build a system that could learn completely new skills on its own.
It can interact with Max and I want those interactions to be entertaining for her, but part of it is that it now feels like it's present with us. I've taught it fun little games like Priscilla or I can ask it who we should tickle and it will randomly tell our family to all go tickle one of us, Max or Beast. I've also had fun adding classic lines like 'I'm sorry, Priscilla. I'm afraid I can't do that.
We know how to show a computer many examples of something so it can recognize it accurately, but we still do not know how to take an idea from one domain and apply it to something completely different.
In most social apps today, a text box is still the default way we share. Soon, we believe a camera will be the main way that we share.
That feels really backwards to me. Start with the problem that you're trying to solve in the world.
While the percentage of misinformation is relatively small, we have much more work ahead on our roadmap.
We can disconnect, risk less prosperity and hope jobs that are lost come back. Or we can connect more, try to do more great things, try to work on even greater prosperity and then work to aggressively share that prosperity with everyone.
As we are learning this year in election after election, even if globalization might grow the overall pie of prosperity, it also creates inequality. It helps some people and it hurts others.
If we can connect the 4 billion people who aren't connected we can lift hundreds of millions of people out of poverty.
The bottom line is: we take misinformation seriously.
We need to be careful not to discourage sharing of opinions or mistakenly restricting accurate content. We do not want to be arbiters of truth ourselves, but instead rely on our community and trusted third parties.
The philosophy of everything we do at Facebook is that our community can teach us what we need to do. And our job is to learn as quickly as we can and keep on getting better and better.
So rather than focusing on strengths or weaknesses in specific demographics, or other factors that may have pushed this race in one direction or another, these stats clearly suggest what many people have said all along. Both candidates were very unpopular.
While some hoaxes can be completely debunked, a greater amount of content, including from mainstream sources, often gets the basic idea right but some details wrong or omitted.
I am confident we can find ways for our community to tell us what content is most meaningful, but I believe we must be extremely cautious about becoming arbiters of truth ourselves.
We have already launched work enabling our community to flag hoaxes and fake news, and there is more we can do here. We have made progress, and we will continue to work on this to improve further.
After the election, many people are asking whether fake news contributed to the result, and what our responsibility is to prevent fake news from spreading. These are very important questions and I care deeply about getting them right.
Voters make decisions based on their lived experience.
By far the biggest filter in the system is not that the content isn't there, that you don't have friends who support the other candidate or that are of another religion. But it's that you just don't click on it. You actually tune it out when you see it. I don't know what to do about that.
Well we have a lot of work to do. But that would have been true either way. I also think it would not be right to suggest that it changes the fundamental arc of technology or progress over time.
The quickest way to refute the fact that this surely had an impact is why would you think there would be fake news on one side but not on the other?
All the research that we have suggests this isn't really a problem.
We are all blessed to have the ability to make the world better, and we have the responsibility to do it. Let's go work even harder.
Facebook really is the new town hall.
Hiring in engineering is going to be one of our top priorities going into 2017.
Fundamentally, the mobile networks are getting to a point where a margin of people around the world can have the experience of watching a video.
We had another good quarter. We're making progress putting video first across our apps and executing our 10 year technology roadmap.
If you go back a few years and you tried to load a video in Newsfeed, it might have to buffer for 30 seconds before you watched it, which wasn't a good enough experience for that to be the primary way that people shared....it's just much more intensive technically. There aren't very many companies that can do this at the scale that we're talking about. That's an advantage for us.
I've always believed our offices should feel like a work in progress, just like our products and the community we're trying to build. When you step onto our campus, you should feel like you can shape the world around you.
We can't create a culture that says it cares about diversity and then excludes almost half the country because they back a political candidate.
We care deeply about diversity. That's easy to say when it means standing up for ideas you agree with. It's a lot harder when it means standing up for the rights of people with different viewpoints to say what they care about. That's even more important.
We care deeply about diversity. That's easy to do when it means standing up for ideas you agree with. It's a lot harder when it means standing up for the rights of people with different viewpoints to say what they care about. That's even more important.
One of the things I consistently look for when hiring is confidence in the role. I want someone who can come in and make an immediate impact on the first day.
If there is even a chance we can cure disease in our children's lifetime – our children can live happier, healthier lives – we're going to do our part.
We spend 50 times more on health care treating people who are sick than we spend on science research (to cure) diseases so that people don't get sick in the first place.
That this isn't something where we just read a book and decided we're going to do.
Nothing like it has ever been built before.
About 1 million people joined a protest group threatening to quit if we didn't change Facebook back. I remember there were actual protesters in the streets outside our office demanding we change.
As I'm here in Africa, I'm deeply disappointed to hear that SpaceX's launch failure destroyed our satellite that would have provided connectivity to so many entrepreneurs and everyone else across the continent. Fortunately, we have developed other technologies like Aquila [Facebook's internet drone] that will connect people as well. We remain committed to our mission of connecting everyone, and we will keep working until everyone has the opportunities this satellite would have provided.
No one does it alone. When you look at most big things that get done in the world, they're not done by one person, so you're going to need to build a team.
No matter how talented you are, there are just going to be things that you don't bring to the table.
Nothing ever goes the way you want it to. People talk about overnight success, and that's not the way it works.
I see too many entrepreneurs who decide that they want to start a company before they actually know what it is that they want to build. To me, that seems backwards.
The best companies that get built are things that are trying to drive some kind of social change, even if it's just local in one place.
We invest in people who we think are just really talented, even if they haven't done that thing before. That applies to people who are fresh out of university, as well as people like the CFO who took the company public [David Ebersman], who had not taken a company public before.
For anyone who's had the experience of actually building a company, you know that you go through some really hard things along the way, and I think part of what gets you through that is believing in what you're doing and knowing that what you're doing is really delivering a lot of value for people. And that's how the best companies end up getting made.
We're particularly pleased with our progress in video as we move towards a world where video is at the heart of all our services.
No person knows how to deal with everything. But if you can find a team of people, or friends, or family … then that's what's really going to get you through.
Instead of debating for days whether a new idea is possible or what the best way to build something is, hackers would rather just prototype something and see what works.
The images we've seen this week are graphic and heartbreaking, and they shine a light on the fear that millions of members of our community live with every day. While I hope we never have to see another video like Diamond's, it reminds us why coming together to build a more open and connected world is so important – and how far we still have to go.
Something interesting is happening with Facebook Live that's bringing more openness to the political process.
I have a way of making things more intense than they should be ... It's gone too far. I've how gotten to the point where I can basically wake up in the morning and bang out a half marathon or a marathon if I want.
People don't believe me because I don't have a splint or a sling. Apparently when you're trying to heal an elbow or a shoulder, if it's not too badly separated, the mobility actually helps it heal, more than just having it in a sling that makes it a little stiff.
Waking up this morning, I was deeply saddened to hear about the shooting in Orlando. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and the LGBT community.
The future is really going to be about about mobile.
Harvard didn't have a Facebook, so that's the gap we were trying to fill.
We're focused on the long term, and that's the main reason for today's proposal. Facebook has always been a founder-led company so we can focus on our mission and build long-term value.
You'll never have to call 1-800-Flowers again.
As I look around and as I travel the world, I'm starting to see people and nations turning inward, against this idea of a connected world and a global community. I hear fearful voices calling for building walls and distancing people they label as others. For blocking free expression, for slowing immigration, reducing trade and in some cases around the world even cutting access to the Internet.
The one thing I am extremely optimistic about for China is the emphasis on engineering.
We are confident that we comply with the law and we look forward to working with the Federal Cartel Office to answer their questions.
It's kind of crazy that we're sitting here in 2016 and still four billion people in the world don't have access to the internet.
Going back about 10 years, most of what we shared and experienced was text. And then it was photos. And now we're entering into a world where that's video. But pretty soon we're going to live in a world where everyone has the power to share and experience whole scenes as if you're right there in person.
Hopefully within a year Max will be taking her first steps, and when I took my first step, my mom wrote down the date in a book. I want to take a 360 video of it, so that way even if my parents aren't there, my grandparents aren't there, they can experience it, they can actually be in the scene.
It's tough to go to work in the morning.
But the reason why we're interested in this, as the social company, is that we think this is going to be a new way that people interact. We're very excited about that: That's going to be a big area of investment for us, and is ultimately, I think, going to change the way that we communicate, and live and work – in addition to how we play games.
2015 was a great year for Facebook. Our community continued to grow and our business is thriving. We continue to invest in better serving our community, building our business, and connecting the world.
2015 was a great year for Facebook. Our community continued to grow and our business is thriving.
More than 100 virtual reality games and other experiences are coming this year.
We got a lot done in 2014. Our community continues to grow and we're making progress towards connecting the world.
We need to figure out the right way to do it so it ends up being a force for good, not a force for bad.
A long-term bet that immersive, virtual and augmented reality will become a part of people's daily life.
Reaching one billion people ourselves was really this moment for us where we took a step back as a company and were, like, Alright, what are we really here to do? If we can help connect a billion people, are we going to spend the next few years getting to 1.1 (billion), and then 1.2 and 1.3? Yeah we'll do that!
No one in the history of the world has ever done something like this.
The right strategy is to continue to focus on growth and product.
We aren't operating to maximise our profit this year but we're doing what we think will build the best service and business over the long term.
It's not like this is the first up and down that we've ever had. I would rather be in the cycle where people underestimate us.
Probably we will look back and say that that was the biggest mistake, the biggest strategic mistake we made.
This is an important milestone for Facebook because it's the first time we've ever acquired a product and company with so many users. We don't plan on doing many more of these, if any at all.