Mark Zuckerberg Claims 2018 Will Be The Year He “Fixes” Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg Claims 2018 Will Be The Year He “Fixes” Facebook
SHARE
THIS



Facebook supremo Mark Zuckerberg is famous for his big New Year’s resolutions that have, in previous years, included such things as trying to learn Mandarin, finish a book a fortnight, and even building an AI-enabled house for himself.

However, his goal for 2018 appears to be to “fixing” his little billionaire baby, Facebook.

In a New Year’s post on Friday last, the 33-year-old vowed to remove hate posts from the social media platform and make users’ time on it more productive.

His post (which you can read in full at the bottom of this article) read: “The world feels anxious and divided, and Facebook has a lot of work to do — whether it’s protecting our community from abuse and hate, defending against interference by nation states, or making sure that time spent on Facebook is time well spent.

“My personal challenge for 2018 is to focus on fixing these important issues. We won’t prevent all mistakes or abuse, but we currently make too many errors enforcing our policies and preventing misuse of our tools. If we’re successful this year then we’ll end 2018 on a much better trajectory.”

Zuckerberg’s post appears to try and counter criticisms of the platform over the past 12 months and concerns by advertisers. Primarily, many are concerned about the power and reach of these huge tech companies such as Facebook and Google.

Those concerns, among other things, have included speculation that Russia used Facebook to try and change the outcome of the Presidential elections in late 2016.

A recent investigation also revealed that Facebook showed left-leaning news reports in people’s news feeds over more conservative viewpoints. While Facebook’s video platform, Facebook Live, reportedly live-streamed a number of heinous acts that included, among other things, shootings, murders and even suicides.

Zuckerberg’s New Year’s post read in full:

Every year I take on a personal challenge to learn something new. I’ve visited every US state, run 365 miles, built an AI for my home, read 25 books, and learned Mandarin.

I started doing these challenges in 2009. That first year the economy was in a deep recession and Facebook was not yet profitable. We needed to get serious about making sure Facebook had a sustainable business model. It was a serious year, and I wore a tie every day as a reminder.

Today feels a lot like that first year. The world feels anxious and divided, and Facebook has a lot of work to do — whether it’s protecting our community from abuse and hate, defending against interference by nation states, or making sure that time spent on Facebook is time well spent.

My personal challenge for 2018 is to focus on fixing these important issues. We won’t prevent all mistakes or abuse, but we currently make too many errors enforcing our policies and preventing misuse of our tools. If we’re successful this year then we’ll end 2018 on a much better trajectory.

This may not seem like a personal challenge on its face, but I think I’ll learn more by focusing intensely on these issues than I would by doing something completely separate. These issues touch on questions of history, civics, political philosophy, media, government, and of course technology. I’m looking forward to bringing groups of experts together to discuss and help work through these topics.

For example, one of the most interesting questions in technology right now is about centralization vs decentralization. A lot of us got into technology because we believe it can be a decentralizing force that puts more power in people’s hands. (The first four words of Facebook’s mission have always been “give people the power”.) Back in the 1990s and 2000s, most people believed technology would be a decentralizing force.

But today, many people have lost faith in that promise. With the rise of a small number of big tech companies — and governments using technology to watch their citizens — many people now believe technology only centralizes power rather than decentralizes it.

There are important counter-trends to this –like encryption and cryptocurrency — that take power from centralized systems and put it back into people’s hands. But they come with the risk of being harder to control. I’m interested to go deeper and study the positive and negative aspects of these technologies, and how best to use them in our services.

This will be a serious year of self-improvement and I’m looking forward to learning from working to fix our issues together.

Please login with linkedin to comment

Facebook Mark Zuckerberg

Latest News

Wavemaker Snares L’Oréal’s $70 Million Media Account Away From Carat
  • Media

Wavemaker Snares L’Oréal’s $70 Million Media Account Away From Carat

As part of L’Oréal’s global corporate governance process, which sees a media review completed every four years, L’Oréal Australia and New Zealand have appointed GroupM agency Wavemaker as its new media agency from 1st October 2021. The review process was overseen by Ebiquity, an independent advisor to manage the process on behalf of L’Oréal Australia and […]

BrandCrowd Creates Shareable Logo For Government’s ‘Arm Yourself’ Campaign
  • Advertising

BrandCrowd Creates Shareable Logo For Government’s ‘Arm Yourself’ Campaign

Logo designer BrandCrowd has created its own logo to align with the federal government’s ‘Arm Yourself’ vaccine campaign. Taking inspiration from the iconic World War Two image of Rosie the Riveter, the logo was created by a network of designers. According to BrandCrowd, “with the Australian government’s COVID-19 vaccination rollout under increasing scrutiny and accompanying […]

Jodie Oddy Makes Return To Radio, Scoring Nova Show
  • Media

Jodie Oddy Makes Return To Radio, Scoring Nova Show

Nova 919 has announced that Jodie Oddy will officially join the station, with The Jodie Oddy Show set to kickstart Nova’s weekends. An Adelaide radio favourite and one of the most enduring and successful female media personalities in SA, Oddy joins Nova with over 13 years breakfast radio experience and is excited to be getting […]

Making A Name For Your Brand In A New Market: Tips For Launching A Campaign Globally
  • Opinion

Making A Name For Your Brand In A New Market: Tips For Launching A Campaign Globally

Jacqueline Gonzales [featured image] is the Head of Global Marketing at Squarespace. In this piece, she shares her best pieces of advice for launching a campaign globally. It’s estimated that we see between 6,000 to 10,000 ads every single day. In today’s digital landscape we’re constantly bombarded by so many different brand messages from every […]

Opinion

by B&T Magazine

B&T Magazine