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Zuckerberg urges efforts to promote connectivity, fight fake news


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Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is calling for all people around the world to be connected to the internet.



"According to the World Bank for every 10 percent increase in connectivity, a developing country's GDP grows by up to two percent. So if you take a country that has half of its population connected, you connect the other half- you can increase GDP by as much as 10 points."

Zuckerberg made the comment in a keynote address to the APEC CEO Summit in Lima on Saturday.

The 32-year-old social media tycoon highlighted education as an area to benefit from internet connectivity.

He says Facebook has set up a special engineering team to create personalized online learning programs.

More than 100 schools are said to have signed up over the past two years.

Zuckerberg says Facebook is planning to spread the program around the world.

Facebook has more than 2 billion users across the world.

It has been criticized during the 2016 US election for allowing fake news to spread on its site.

Critics claim this phenomenon has helped get Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump elected into the White House.

Mark Zuckerberg partly acknowledged such criticism in his APEC speech.

"We can work to give people a voice but we also need to do our part to stop the spread of hate and violence and misinformation. We can build artificial intelligence to fight terrorism but we also need to make sure that we protect people's privacy."

Zuckerberg has also listed availability, affordability and awareness as the three major challenges to internet connectivity.


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