We face a number of important issues around privacy, safety, and democracy.
And you will rightfully have some hard questions for me to answer.
Before I talk about the steps we're taking to address them, I wanna talk about how we got here.
Facebook is an idealistic and optimistic company.
For most of our existence, we focused on all the good that connecting people can do.
And as Facebook has grown, people have gotten a powerful new tool, for staying connected to the people they love, for making their voices heard, and for building communities and businesses.
Just recently we've seen the Me Too movement and the March For Our Lives organized at least in part on Facebook.
After hurricane Harvey people came together to raise more than $20 million for relief.
And more than 70 million small businesses use Facebook to create jobs and grow.
But it's clear now that we didn't do enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm as well.
That goes for fake news, foreign interference in elections, and hate speech, as well as developers and data privacy.
We didn't take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake.
And it was my mistake, and I'm sorry.
I started Facebook, I run it, and I'm responsible for what happens here.