Zuckerberg talks WhatsApp, Internet access for all
This Tuesday, July 16, 2013, file photo, shows a sign at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. (AP / Ben Margot)
Barbara Ortutay, The Associated Press
Published Monday, February 24, 2014 3:06PM EST
NEW YORK -- Mark Zuckerberg is known for his long-term vision for Facebook -and for bringing the Internet to billons of people around the world who are unconnected.
The 29-year-old CEO of Facebook Inc. touched on both of those missions, in an on-stage interview at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain on Monday.
Zuckerberg said his company's $19 billion acquisition of mobile messaging service WhatsApp will allow the startup to focus on growing its user base - and not on making money - over the next five years. With 465 million monthly members, Zuckerberg believes WhatsApp is on track to reach a billion users.
Zuckerberg spent most of his time discussing Internet.org, the ambitious project by Facebook and a slew of partners that aims to get everyone in the world online.