Run one mile a day. It was a serious year, and I wore a tie every day as a reminder.
Harvard's third-most famous dropout, Mark Zuckerberg, has revealed his personal challenge for 2018: fixing Facebook, the company he is already in charge of fixing. But on Thursday Zuckerberg said his newest personal challenge will go beyond Facebook; he intends to also examine the role of technology in society. Zuckerberg said the social network has made "too many errors enforcing our policies and preventing misuse of our tools".
Will 2018 be a good year for Facebook?
Although the message Zuckerberg posted had a very anti-censorship tone, we mustn't forget the fact that Facebook has problems of its own with its content reviewing strategies. And during the company's earnings call in November, Zuckerberg warned investors that Facebook's investments in security to prevent abusive of its platform would hurt profitability. Some lawmakers raised red flags about the power these platforms have and their seeming inability to police themselves. Beyond launching its own project or buying another, Facebook could also piggyback any number of decentralized payment platforms that are now in development and aimed at making global payments cheaper (free?) and faster. That is, assuming that the technology will eventually evolve to be able to handle the large influx of traffic Facebook attracts on a daily basis. Sometimes, that's heartfelt posts by their friends but other times it's viral fake news stories or inflammatory comments about political candidates. In addition, ex-Facebook executives have publicly questioned whether using the network leads to unhealthy behaviours.
Last year, after a turbulent political season, Zuckerberg pledged to visit the approximately 30 U.S. states he hadn't been to yet, generating speculation he'd run for president (he's not).
Acknowledging a problem is one thing, finding a solution is another.
Zuckerberg acknowledged that many people's opinion on the power of technology had changed. "This will be a serious year of self-improvement and I'm looking forward to learning from working to fix our issues together".
Mark Zuckerberg has been publicly announcing his personal challenges for each year since 2009.
"This may not seem like a personal challenge on its face", Zuckerberg continued. "He's trying to understand the role the product he created played in getting this one elected".
"Zuck isn't running for President", Nathan Hubbard, a former Twitter executive, tweeted last June.