Following is the full transcript of the Facebook’s F8 2018 Annual Developer Conference. This event occurred on May 1, 2018 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, CA. Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg along with the company’s other executives presented at the event.
Speakers at the event:
Mark Zuckerberg – CEO, Facebook
Chris Cox — Chief Product Officer at Facebook
Jyoti Sood – Product Manager, Instagram
Shilpa Sarkar – Product Manager for Instagram
Tamara Shapiro – Head of Analytics & Data Science, Instagram
Mubarik Imam – WhatsApp director
David Marcus – Vice President of Messaging Products, Facebook
Ime Archibong – VP of Product Partnerships, Facebook
Hugo Barra – Head of Oculus
Rachel Franklin – Head of Social VR, Facebook
Why we build. We build because we see potential. Because we see problems. Because we want to see what happens next. We build because we are changing the world. And that can’t be taken lightly. Because the opportunity to change things for the better comes with the risk of making it worse. We build because this last year was a hard… Facebook…. Facebook under fire… the FTC opening… we saw what happens when things go wrong. Privacy, security, data ownership… and learn how important it is to get it right.
We build because the most difficult problems require us to solve them together. Because together is where progress can happen. Where support is found. Where we understand overthrow and fall in much. Because together is where our world gets better. That’s why we keep building. Because this journey is still one percent finished. … – Video concludes.]
Mark Zuckerberg – CEO, Facebook
Hi everyone. Welcome to F8!
This has been an intense year. I can’t believe we’re only four months in.
Before we get started, I just want to take a moment to say how much it means to us that you’re all here with us today. Now I know that it hasn’t been easy being a developer these last couple of months, and that’s probably an understatement. But what I can assure you is that we’re hard at work making sure that people don’t misuse this platform so you can all keep building things that people love. And today I’m happy to share that we are reopening our previews so you can all keep moving forward.
Now I am looking out, and I see a lot of people that we’ve worked with for a long time here, and a lot of people have traveled to be here from around the world and a lot of you are building great tools that help people connect in new ways. And I just want to take a moment upfront to thank each and every one of you for all that you are doing to help bring the world closer together. Thank you so much.
Now we’re all here because we’re optimistic about the future. We have real challenges to address, but we have to keep that sense of optimism too. And what I’ve learned this year is that we need to take a broader view of our responsibility; it’s not enough to just build powerful tools. We need to make sure that they’re used for good and we will.
And we’re idealistic and we’ve always focused on all the good that connecting people can bring and there’s a lot of it. Just since the last F8, we’ve seen the me-too movement on the march for our lives organized at least part on Facebook. We’ve seen people come together after Hurricane Harvey to raise more than $20 million for relief, and we’ve seen more than 80 million small businesses use these tools to grow and create jobs.
But we’ve also seen people try to use these tools for harm and that goes for Russia interfering in elections for fake news, for hate speech, and for data privacy issues.
So we’re investing a lot to address these issues and keep people safe, and I’m going to go through all that head on in just a minute, because I think it’s important that everyone here knows exactly what we’re doing to address them. But we also have a responsibility to move forward on everything else that our community expects from us, too. To keep building services that help us connect in meaningful new ways as well.
Safety and Security
You know the hardest decision that I made this year wasn’t to invest so much in safety and security. That decision was easy, and I just went to the people running those teams and asked them how much we could possibly invest productively and then to transfer all those people to them. The hard part was figuring out a way to move forward on everything else that we need to do, too.
You know, recently I was having a conversation about what Facebook stands for. What is that basic idea that the world would lose if Facebook went away.
When I was getting started with Facebook back in 2004, what struck me was: you can go online at that time and find almost anything, or you could look up any information; you could fund new product; you could read news; you could download movies and music. You could find almost anything except for the thing that matters to us most: people.
So I started building a service to do that: to put people first and at the center of our experience with technology, because our relationships are what matters most to us. And that’s how we find meaning and how we make sense of our place in the world.
And we’re not the only ones to build a communication service, but we are the ones who do it again and again in all of the different ways that people want to interact online. This is our DNA and we have built and grown service after service that put people and our connections and our relationships at the center of the experience.
And we’ve come a long way. But when I look out today it still surprises me how little of the technology that our industry produces is designed to put people first. Our phones are still designed around apps and it’s not what we think. And I believe that we need to design technology to help bring people closer together, and I believe that that’s not going to happen on its own. And so to do that, part of the solution — just part of it — is that one day more of our technology is going to need to focus on people and our relationships.
Now there’s no guarantee that we get this right. This is hard stuff. We will make mistakes and they will have consequences, and we will need to fix them. But what I can guarantee is that if we don’t work on this, the world isn’t moving in this direction by itself. So that is what we are all here to do. And that’s what I want to talk about today.
I want to start by talking about keeping people safe and then we’re going to discuss all the things we’re doing to keep building services to help us connect in meaningful new ways. And I want to start today by talking about protecting something that is really incredibly important to all of us and that is the integrity of our elections.
In 2016 we were slow to identify Russian interference. We expected more traditional cyber-attacks like phishing and malware and hacking and we identified those and notified the right people. But we didn’t expect these coordinated information operations and large networks of fake accounts that we’re now aware of.