Key Words: Zuckerberg: Facebook can build communities, like churches have

Mark Zuckerberg has been an evangelist for the power of social networks for years. Now he wants his network, Facebook Inc., to fill the role that churches and social clubs once did in communities.

Speaking in Chicago last week, the Facebook FB, -1.96% co-founder and chief executive said that Americans are more disconnected from their communities these days, and need something to unify them.

“It’s so striking that for decades, membership in all kinds of groups has declined as much as one-quarter,” he said. “That’s a lot of people who now need to find a sense of purpose and support somewhere else.

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