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Facebook Targets Its Next Billion Users

Dec 08, 2016 | 16 videos
Video by The Atlantic

There are over 1.79 billion monthly active Facebook users worldwide, and counting. As the next billion internet users get online, Facebook is developing products and programs for a new audience that might only have access to lower-tech hardware and slow networks. In an interview filmed at the 2016 Aspen Ideas Festival, the company’s chief product officer Chris Cox explains how different populations use the social network and how that informs the company’s roadmap. “The longest time frame is projects that help deliver free internet using planes that fly overhead and are solar powered and beam the internet down with lasers,” he says. “It’s super exciting if you believe that the internet is an important piece in giving everybody the tools that they need to live their lives.”

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Authors: Leah Varjacques, Nicolas Pollock

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Insights and perspectives from the 2016 Aspen Ideas Festival