Mark Zuckerberg is utilizing 2018 as even additional incentive to repair the hot mess that’s Facebook.
On Thursday Zuck announced — through Facebook of course — his yearly “personal challenge.” It is a tradition he started in 2009 where he walks each new year by committing to learning something new.
Through the years, he says, he’s visited every state in the U.S., conducted 365 miles, assembled an AI for his own home, read 25 books, and even heard Mandarin. However, in 2018 that the Facebook CEO will work toward repairing important issues on the social media platform.
“The planet feels anxious and divided, and Facebook has a great deal of work to do — if it is protecting our community from abuse and despise, protecting against interference by nation states, or making sure that time spent on Facebook is time well spent,” Zuckerberg wrote.
“My personal challenge for 2018 is to concentrate on fixing these vital problems.”
Even though the Facebook CEO stated he will not be able to stop all abuse or mistakes from happening, ” he acknowledged that “we currently make too many mistakes enforcing our policies and preventing abuse of our tools.”
“This may not seem like a personal challenge on its own surface, but I believe I will learn more by focusing intensely on these problems than I would by doing something entirely separate,” Zuckerberg went, explaining that problems rooted in social media have the potential to impact every area of life from history and technologies to media and the authorities.
“A lot of us got into tech because we believe it can be a decentralizing force which puts more energy in people’s hands,” he wrote. “But now, a lot of individuals have lost faith in that promise.”
In 2017 Zuckerberg along with his platform came under fire for many issues, including Facebook’s function at the spread of bogus news and marketing of thousands of Russia-linked ads amidst the election. Since then the firm has taken several initiatives to enhance the site, however Zuckerberg says he expects to work with specialists in 2018 to continue making things simpler: “This is going to be a severe year of self-improvement and I am excited about learning from working to repair our problems together.”