Zuckerberg’s address to the Harvard graduates should be seen in the light of the creative ways producers of fake news and acts violence are filmed and posted on social networking sites to influence public opinion.
Mark Zuckerberg returned to his alma mater to urge those graduating from it to help create new social safety nets to allow creative risk taking. Zuckerberg had dropped out from the school to start Facebook.
In an eye opening statement, Zuckerberg, the founder of the world’s largest social networking company, said he wouldn’t have been able to risk leaving the elite school if he had known his family would have been able to support him if he failed.
“There is something wrong with our system when I can leave here and make billions of dollars in ten years when millions of students can’t afford to pay off their loans, let alone start a business,” said Zuckerberg to a gathering of students.
He went on to add, “When you don’t have the freedom to take your idea and turn it into a historic enterprise we all lose”.
Zuckerberg has been named as an honorary doctor of laws.
Although he offered no specific solutions to the problems he cited, he however urged the students to contemplate them.
Zuckerberg isn’t the first successful dropout to return to campus, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to address graduates.
In 2007, Microsoft’s co-founder Bill Gates also addressed graduates, shortly before he disclosed that he would step aside from his day-to-day role in the company and instead focus his time on philanthropy.