Mark Zuckerberg right this moment posted his annual New Yr’s decision put up on Fb, and this time he’s utilizing it to deal with the elephant within the room — particularly, Fb’s unhealthy publicity in 2017.
In his put up, Zuck vows to “give attention to fixing these vital points.” So what are the problems he’s speaking about?
Simply to recap the issues that involved everybody essentially the most in 2017, it was the yr we realized Fb’s affect may very well be used for damaging ends — or moderately, the yr it was concisely demonstrated to us. From political adverts to Stay crimes to former staff expressing concern over its results, Zuckerberg’s not kidding when he says the matters he means to deal with must embody “historical past, civics, political philosophy, media, authorities, and naturally know-how.”
Zuckerberg addresses the problems solely vaguely, naming no specific scandal. He says:
The world feels anxious and divided, and Fb has lots of work to do — whether or not it’s defending our group from abuse and hate, defending towards interference by nation states, or ensuring that point spent on Fb is time properly spent. … We received’t forestall all errors or abuse, however we at present make too many errors imposing our insurance policies and stopping misuse of our instruments.
Noble intentions for positive, however Zuckerberg hasn’t indicated how he plans to deal with these points. Whereas I’ve little doubt the corporate can handle superficial issues as they occur (that Russian propaganda instrument, for instance), I’m reserving judgement till we hear one thing extra concrete than a New Yr’s decision.