Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is taking a break from posting touching pictures of his adorable newborn baby on Facebook to share a very different kind of message.
Facebook has partnered with six other companies, including mobile giants Samsung and Nokia, to launch Internet.org, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide affordable internet access to individuals in less developed regions of the world. Zuckerberg took to Facebook to share a new milestone for the organization—Internet.org Free Basics in Mexico.
Zuckerberg started his post by talking about how the Internet.org Free Basics app has become available in over 30 different countries and how “15 million people who were previously unconnected are now using the internet because of these efforts.” He explains that according to research, “for every 10 people who get access to the internet, about one person gets lifted out of poverty,” adding that if their efforts are successful, then they can potentially help to “lift more than 1 million people out of poverty around the world.”
Going back to the launch in Mexico, Zuckerberg’s next paragraph explained the accompanying photo with his post—a picture of a man named Raúl Mejía Rivera, a restaurant owner in Mexico City who can now use Facebook, WhatsApp, and other social media networks to not only promote his restaurant, but also build business by taking online orders. “Connecting Mexico is personally important to me. I have many friends and neighbors with family there, and many families Priscilla works with come from Mexico,” wrote Zuckerberg (his wife, Priscilla, is reportedly a pediatrician), adding, “I believe spreading internet access will not only create opportunities in Mexico, but also create more understanding of this great country and its people.”
Zuckerberg closed off the lengthy post by thanking all of his followers for their support and that he looks forward to “continuing this journey” with them all.
Since the post went up yesterday, it’s been liked by more than 62,000 people. It’s also been shared over 2,000 times and racked up almost 3,000 comments, most of them thanking Zuckerberg for his efforts and praising him for at least trying to make a change.
Photo: Facebook/Mark Zuckerberg