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Here's what Mark Zuckerberg meant when he talked about building a 'worldwide voting system'

Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer and founder of Facebook
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Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer and founder of Facebook

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg is struggling with the company's global expansion and different expectations for free speech.

The solution? Building a platform that allows different communities to decide what is and isn't OK.

"We have come to this realization that a bunch of people sitting in a room in California is not going to be the best way to reflect all the local values that people have around the world," Silicon Valley superstar Zuckerberg reflected in a recent interview with Fast Company.

For instance:

"One example that has been quite controversial has been nudity. There are very different cultural norms ranging from country to country. In some places, the idea that showing a woman's breasts would be controversial feels backwards. But there are other places where images that are at all sexually suggestive, even if they don't show nudity, just because of a pose, that's over the line."

Zuckerberg hasn't figured out the solution, but that's one big problem he was trying to address in February when he wrote about a "global voting system" as part of a 6,000-word manifesto, "Building Global Communities". He was not, he says, talking about political voting.

"You give people a voice and then you figure out what the implications of that are, and then you work on those things," he emphasized. "It's just this constant work in progress."

Read the full interview with Fast Company.

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