Mark Zuckerberg has been embarking upon a personal goal every year for nearly a decade, but this year he has set the toughest ambition yet: fix Facebook when it comes to dealing with hate, abuse, and fake news on the platform. It seems that the Facebook CEO is making this New Year resolution to address the elephant in the room, i.e. Facebook’s bad publicity in 2017.
In a blog post, Zuckerberg listed a number of confronts that Facebook has faced in 2017. He mentioned all these challenges as his focus for 2018, acknowledging that the platform makes too many mistakes, specifically errors in thwarting abuse and implementing policies. Zuckerberg’s New Year resolution post on Facebook reads,
“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.”
It’s known to all that Facebook had a tough 2017. Just to recap the things, 2017 was the year we learned Facebook’s influence can be used for destructive ends. From fake news to former employees expressing concern over its negative effects, Mark is not kidding when he says the topics he wants to address include ‘history, political philosophy, government, civics, media, and of course technology’. In a nutshell, Zuckerberg wants to actually fix Facebook issues in 2018.
Mark’s blue platform testified being used for Russian election meddling and drew callous criticism about its role in the world. Though Facebook has more than 2Bn monthly active users, they will stay and keep using it is still a big question.
Zuckerberg compared this year’s goal to first one when he created the social platform nine years ago. However, fixing deep-rooted existing issues is much more than turning a profit.
Regardless of a series of efforts such as Auto Removal Tool, alterations in News Feed, Modified Link Previews, Related Articles, and much more, Facebook’s fight against fake news is still facing criticism. The CEO also discusses cryptocurrency and encryption as potential technologies to mull over as tools, providing more power to individual users over big corporations and government.
The vow to fix Facebook is a bit different from the CEO’s earlier personal goals, which have included visiting every U.S. state, building an AI system for his home, and running 365 miles. In case Zuckerberg truly intends to spend a year while endeavoring to find out how he can fix Facebook problems, he will surely make his creation to shine like a jewel in the social media treasure.