While visiting Rome, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan took a trip to the #Vatican to visit Pope Francis in a private audience.
The pair spoke with the Pope about how technology could help to alleviate poverty.
On his Facebook page, Zuckerberg posted a picture of him giving Pope Francis an Aquila-Facebook’s solar-powered drone created to help the Internet expand to and improve in developing countries.
Mark said in the post that he and the Pope discussed the importance of connecting people, including those who do not have access to the internet.
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Francis, who has called the internet “something truly good, a gift from God”, has met several times with top tech leaders, such as Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc., and Tim Cook, CEO of Apple. If more people get Internet connectivity, more people will be able to hear what the Pope has to say about various global issues and effectively serve his objective as well.
He said the social media platform now allows the use of Hausa language on Facebook.
Earlier this year, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative invested in Andela after being impressed by the company’s innovative model of learning and its drive to connect the global technology ecosystem with the most talented developers in Africa, the company said. “We gave him a product of Aquila, our solar-driven plane that can broadcast web connectivity to areas which don’t have it”, Zuckerberg wrote.
Although Pope Francis has been an advocate of person-to-person communication, his works are well-documented in social media platforms.
Zuckerberg has pledged to bring the Internet to communities around the world who now do not have connectivity. The pope’s minions post in multiple languages on nine accounts to 30 million followers. Pope Francis met Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom in February, where they discussed the unifying power of photos.