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Recode Daily: Mark Zuckerberg wants his social network to be a social force

An ambitious mission to make the world a better place.

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In a 6,000-word mission statement, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg laid out an idealistic vision of an interconnected global community and Facebook's role in promoting civility and civic engagement and fighting fake news and terrorism. — [Kara Swisher and Kurt Wagner / Recode]

In a contentious news conference, President Trump unloaded his grievances against the media, the courts and government leakers, dismissed reports of his associates' Russia contacts and declared his month-old administration "a fine-tuned machine." He also plans to sign a revised travel ban next week. Watch here. — [Peter Baker / New York Times]

Also railing against the media was video star Felix "PewDiePie" Kjellberg, whose anti-Semitic "jokes" cost him deals with Disney and YouTube. The NYT's John Hermann sees the political context — Kjellberg as a populist reactionary in an internet nation-state. — [Rolfe Winkler, Jack Nicas and Ben Fritz / Wall Street Journal]

Samsung Group chief Lee Jae-yong was arrested on bribery, embezzlement and perjury charges related to an influence-peddling scandal that led to the impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye. — [Hyunjoo Jin and Joyce Lee / Reuters]

On the latest episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask, Wall Street Journal columnist Joanna Stern says the latest batch of "unlimited" mobile data plans may make sense for "people who use a crapload of data," but not for average users. — [Eric Johnson / Recode]

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