Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s Keynote at F8 2017 Conference (Full Transcript)

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Here is the full transcript of Facebook F8 2017 – the company’s annual developer conference keynote featuring Mark Zuckerberg, Mike Schroepfer, Deb Liu, Rachel Franklin, Ime Archibong, and David Marcus. This event occurred on April 18, 2017 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California.


Speakers at the Event:

Mark Zuckerberg – CEO, Facebook

Mike Schroepfer – CTO, Facebook

Deb Liu – Director of Platform Products, Facebook

Rachel Franklin – Head of Social VR, Facebook

Ime Archibong – VP of Product Partnerships, Facebook

David Marcus – VP, Messaging Products, Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg – CEO, Facebook

Hi everyone. Welcome to F8!

We are gathered here at the second biggest event called F8 this week, and we probably should’ve seen this one coming after — probably should’ve seen this coming after Fast and Furious 7, and didn’t.

Now while we don’t have the rock here today, we do have the tech equivalent. David the rock Marcus! And while we may not live our lives a quarter mile at a time, I know at least some people here live their lives one quarterly earnings at a time.

All right. Bear with me, I got one more — one more for you. All right. While Fast and Furious’ tagline is “never give up on family”. Ours is similar: “Never give up on the family of apps”. All right. Not as catchy, not as catchy.

I could just keep going. I wrote like six more of these, but I understand that some of you are here to see a tech keynote. So let’s get to it.

So you may have noticed that we rolled out some cameras across our apps recently, that was Act 1. Photos and videos are becoming more central to how we share the texts, so the camera needs to be more central than the text box in all of our apps.

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So today we’re going to talk about Act 2: where we go from here. And it’s tied to this broader technological trend that we’ve talked about before: augmented reality. Now before we get into that, last month I wrote a letter on building community — I have it here. And it’s long, it’s like 6000 words and, you know, I’m not sure if all you guys got a chance to read every word of it, so I figured maybe we just start by reading it to you right now.

All right. In all seriousness, this is an important time to work on building community, and we live in a time when society is divided and we all have a lot of work to help bring people closer together. And when we talk about this divide, a lot of us talk about the economic issues. But I think a bigger part of the solution is social as well. We all get a lot of meaning from the communities we’re part of, and whether they’re companies or churches, sports teams or volunteer groups, they give us a sense of purpose. And this feeling that we’re a part of something bigger than ourselves, that we’re needed, and that we’re not alone. So these groups make up our social fabric, and that’s why it’s so striking that membership in all these groups has declined so much over the last few decades. Since the 1970s, membership in all kinds of different local groups has gone down by as much as a quarter; that’s a lot of people who now need to find a sense of purpose somewhere else.

For the past decade, Facebook has focused on connecting with friends and family. And now with that foundation, our next focus is building community. We’ve always done a lot of work to help people share and get a diversity of opinions out there. And we’re always going to do this. But now in addition, we’re also working on building common ground, not just getting more different opinions out there but also helping to bring people closer together. And there’s a lot to do here.

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