Mark Zuckerberg plans to bring Facebook to refugee camps

Facebook CEO reveals plans to partner with United Nations to bring internet access to refugee camps

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg .

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, speaking at the UN forum in New York, has said that Facebook is working with the United Nations to provide internet access to everyone in the world by 2020, including in refugee camps.

Zuckerberg also said Facebook would take part in a new campaign which could help the UN to meet its development goals and make it easier to connect to the internet.

"The Internet is more than just a network of machines, it is the key driver of social and economic progress in our time," said Zuckerberg.

"A like or a post won't stop a tank or a bullet, but when people are connected, we have the chance to build a common global community with a shared understanding," he added.

"Connectivity will help refugees better access support from the aid community and maintain links to family and loved ones," Zuckerberg said, adding that "Facebook is in a unique position to help maintain this lifeline." 

Facebook has approximately 1.5 billion users who visit the site at least once a month.

TRTWorld and agencies