Mark Zuckerberg calls for ‘global community’ in 5,700-word letter

Mark Zuckerberg told Facebook followers that the company is working  "to build the new social infrastructure to create the world we want for generations to come." (Courtesy Facebook)

Mark Zuckerberg told Facebook followers that the company is working "to build the new social infrastructure to create the world we want for generations to come." (Courtesy Facebook)

Mark Zuckerberg offered nearly 6,000 words on Facebook on Thursday, promising that the site will move forward in efforts to unite people across the world.

The founder of the internet giant wrote, “Progress now requires humanity coming together not just as cities or nations, but also as a global community.”

The New York Times noted that Zuckerberg’s letter seems to respond to intense debate over the merits of globalization in the wake of President Donald Trump’s election and the country’s increasing nationalistic tendencies.

And the paper also pointed out that, unlike Jeff Bezos of Amazon and Larry Page and Sergey Brin of Google, who have regularly made public statements, often connected to their companies’ finance reports, Zuckerberg’s comments Thursday were his first about the company’s mission since its initial public offering.

Critics at the technology news website Tech Crunch put it a different way, calling the message “a sprawling letter consisting mostly of feel-good mumbo jumbo and a light sprinkling of feature ideas,” and adding .. “like fellow Facebook feel-gooder Sheryl Sandberg, Zuck was sure to drive home the warm/fuzzy message of his ad dollar factory, hitting isolated human interest anecdotes with more frequency than the evening news.”

ANOTHER BIEBER BOP

Just days after a report a police report named him as an assailant in Cleveland last year, Justin Bieber apparently is being investigated for allegedly headbutting a man at a pre-Grammys party in Los Angeles last week.

TMZ says the 22-year-old pop star was “play fighting” with Disney actor Kyle Massey when he noticed a restaurant employee at West Hollywood’s Serafina recording him, and was not pleased.

When the worker apparently ignored Bieber’s request for him to stop, Bieber allegedly headbutted him before leaving.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was called to the scene, but when police arrived, Bieber already had left the party, which was being hosted by his producer pal Poo Bear.

NSYNC REUNION

Lance Bass tells Entertainment Weekly that he and fellow NSYNC members Justin Timberlake, Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone and JC Chase — who went on hiatus in 2002 — will be getting together again in 2017 — to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (a date has not been announced) and celebrate the 20th anniversary of their “Home for Christmas” album, which is getting re-released on vinyl.

QUICK TAKES

Oakland-based rock vocalist Thadeus Gonzalez is the winner of Bon Jovi’s opening act contest; he’ll appear with the band March 1 at SAP Center at San Jose.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is 26. … Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt is 36. … Singer-guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day is 45. … Basketball player Michael Jordan is 54. .. Actor Lou Diamond Phillips is 55. … Comedian Dame Edna (Barry Humphries) is 83. … Actor Hal Holbrook is 92.

— Staff, wire reportsBon JoviFacebookglobalJustin BieberMark ZuckerbergThadeus Gonzalez

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