We’re proud to welcome those who are throwaway and disconnected, whether that’s due to a lack of opportunities or simply the lonely strain of dealing with the outside world,” said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, praising the social network’s ability to foster a sense of camaraderie among its users by simply not allowing them to get involved with anyone else. “We’ve seen enough of these kids to know that they’ll tell you how devastated they feel when you’re not around to root out the loneliness that holds them captive, from which they were unable to escape.

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We understand that some of them have spent years waiting on no one to come rescue them, and yet they’re still here when they’re finally going to get the help they need.” Zuckerberg went on to say, however, that there was still no way to know if the loneliness on Facebook’s site was due to the lonely strain of dealing with the outside world or simply grew from an advanced state of being programmed to want to connect with others.