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Facebook CEO preaches 'connectivity' gospel at Peru summit

  • FILE- In this April 12, 2016, file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during the keynote address at the F8 Facebook Developer Conference in San Francisco.  Facebook says, Wednesday, Nov. 16,  it will work with independent companies like Nielsen and comScore to review its metrics after it uncovered new problems with the data it provides to advertisers and publishers that use its network.  (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

    FILE- In this April 12, 2016, file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during the keynote address at the F8 Facebook Developer Conference in San Francisco. Facebook says, Wednesday, Nov. 16, it will work with independent companies like Nielsen and comScore to review its metrics after it uncovered new problems with the data it provides to advertisers and publishers that use its network. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Mark Zuckerberg, chairman and CEO of Facebook, waves during a speech at the CEO summit during the annual Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Lima, Peru, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

    Mark Zuckerberg, chairman and CEO of Facebook, waves during a speech at the CEO summit during the annual Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Lima, Peru, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)  (The Associated Press)

  • Mark Zuckerberg, chairman and CEO of Facebook, speaks at the CEO summit during the annual Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Lima, Peru, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

    Mark Zuckerberg, chairman and CEO of Facebook, speaks at the CEO summit during the annual Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Lima, Peru, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)  (The Associated Press)

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is urging world leaders meeting in Peru to help the company get more people online.

The founder of the social network says in a speech to an Asian-Pacific Trade Summit that bringing the internet to more people will help reduce income inequality and raise living standards. He says about half the world now has no internet, either because they have no access to a network, can't afford it or don't appreciate the benefits.

He says connecting everyone will lead to "dramatic economic growth and lead to lifting hundreds of millions of people out of poverty."

Zuckerberg asked the leaders at the summit Saturday to work with companies like his to make the investments necessary to close the gap.