(CNBC) – Mark Zuckerberg wants Facebook groups to play an important role that community groups like churches and Little League teams used to perform: Bringing communities together.
And with nearly 2 billion people around the world on Facebook today, he might have a chance to make it happen.
Zuckerberg laid out his lofty ambition in a Chicago speech last week that suggested Americans are in need of something to unify their lives.
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"It's so striking that for decades, membership in all kinds of groups has declined as much as one-quarter," he said during a rally for Facebook users who've built large community-support groups on the site. "That's a lot of of people who now need to find a sense of purpose and support somewhere else."