Mark Zuckerberg Talked Messenger App, Ebola, And More During Open Q&A Session On Facebook

Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg isn't a stranger to question and answer sessions, including those conducted in-house at Facebook. And though it's become a bit of a tradition to have those kinds of meetings internally, never before has he engaged in an open Q&A session on his home turf -- until now, that is.

Zuckerberg spent over an hour addressing questions received from around the world, as well as by several Facebook users who attended the event at the company's headquarters in Menlo Park, California. The topics were varied, some inevitably more interesting than the others, such as why Facebook made the decision to force its users to install the Messenger app.

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"Messaging is one of the few things that people actually do more than social networking. In a lot of countries In some countries, we'll see that maybe 85 percent of the people who are online will use Facebook, but maybe 95 percent of people -- and in some places, 99 percent of people -- will use SMS or send text messages," Zuckerberg explained. Even though it was a short-term, painful thing to ask folks to install another a separate messaging app, we knew that we could never deliver the quality of experience inside as just a tab in the main Facebook app, and that we needed to if we wanted to if we wanted to focus on really serving this well. We needed to build a dedicated and focused experience."

He talked on a number of other subjects, including the docu-drama "The Social Network," in which he felt the movie "just kind of made up a bunch of stuff that I found kind of hurtful" in relation to the overarching plot, whereas minute details like the design of the office were correct.


And what about Ebola? Zuckerberg believes that it "could become the next global epidemic -- the next HIV or tuberculosis or polio," in case you were wondering.

It's nice to see Zuckerberg do things like this, especially when it's live and unfiltered as to the questions being asked. What would you have asked if you had been at the event?

Via:  CNN Money
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