Every year since 2009, Mark Zuckerberg has challenged himself towards a specific goal. Whether it is embracing a new lifestyle or learning a new language, he has used New Year’s resolution as a tool to embrace new challenges.
And 2018 is not different. In a Facebook post on Thursday, the Facebook CEO said that his plans are to fix some of the problems the company encountered last year among them including abuse, hacking from other countries, and other dishonest practices on Facebook.
“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.” He added “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 comes after a rough 2017 for Facebook when Facebook encountered a lot of criticism including the explosion of fake news, interference of Russian in the U.S general election and Facebook acknowledging that it’s products affect user’s health.
In addition to this new challenge, Mark Zuckerberg also highlighted the following in the other half of his post:
Questions rising up in technology right now about centralization vs decentralization; many people believe that technology plays a decentralizing force that puts more power in people’s hands. But that is not the case, as governments are using technology to watch their citizens — many people now believe technology only centralizes power rather than decentralizes it.
But then he also highlighted the counter-trend on the same issue of centralization vs decentralization – 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.
Acknowledging a problem is the first step, getting the solution is another; this is probably Mark’s toughest year since the creation of Facebook.