Facebook founder in Colombia to promote affordable Internet

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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg attends a meeting with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos (out of frame) at Narino Presidential Palace in Bogota, Colombia, on January 14, 2015Improved Internet access can be a force for peace, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said during a trip to Colombia to promote his project to boost web availability for two-thirds of the world not yet connected. It aims to improve web access and reduce mobile phone costs in developing countries. “Giving the people the tools of connectivity is important in itself to create communication,” Zuckerberg said at a press conference in Bogota. “The Internet as a whole and social media will bring reconciliation and peace,” he added, alluding to the more than 50-year-old armed conflict with the leftist FARC rebels in Colombia, where peace talks are currently under way.

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