In his quest to make the world a more connected place, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg told a recent gathering of users that he sees the social network one day taking the place of churches and Little League teams as communities continue to migrate online. “It’s so striking that for decades, membership in all kinds of groups has declined as much as one-quarter,” he said during a Chicago rally for Facebook users. “That’s a lot of people who now need to find a

sense of purpose and support somewhere else.” Following the 2016 election, during which Facebook and other social media sites were seen as disseminators of “fake news,” Zuckerberg has sought to refine Facebook’s mission to have more of a community-minded focus. Facebook is now using artificial intelligence algorithms to quell the fake news fears while also seeking to organize people into groups. Zuckerberg has publicly stated that he would ultimately like 1 billion of Facebook’s 2 billion users to join one or many the social networks so-called communities. READ MORE