From the year 2009, the CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, updates his followers in January about a yearly challenge that he takes up. It can be regarded as a New Year Resolution of sorts. In the past, he has pledged to read a certain number of books in a year or run certain miles. For 2018, Zuckerberg wants to work on “fixing” problems related to Facebook.
“The world feels anxious and divided,” he wrote in his declaration, “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.”
A change has happened since last year when he pledged to visit the people of his country on a tour. It quite resembled a presidential campaign and he went on to hire a photographer to capture the moments. Before Congressional hearings were held about Russian interference and Jew-hate ads were seen, Zuckerberg didn’t really agree with the popular vote. It can be regarded that he was more about collecting the revenue more than learning about the real America
To perfect his slogan this year Zuckerberg devised something new. He has geared up his whole base and has soared to rectify the faults and abolishing hostility. In reflection to 2017, this year can definitely be said to be a dire trial of keeping Facebook in its power.
On the technological side, Zuckerberg plans to work on “decentralization”, “encryption” and “cryptocurrencies” and he stated that he never forgot that Facebook was once a start-up. “We won’t prevent all mistakes or abuse, but we currently make too many errors enforcing our policies and preventing misuse of our tools,” stated Zuckerberg. This can be skeptically analyzed as his rectifying point doesn’t seem to go with it.
The main question the world has is to deal with self-regulation from Facebook in terms of the current usage of the platform. The affirmation does fall on dead years as past events have shown different things. So, public really have to wait to see any form of changes.
The 6000 manifesto that public got from Zuckerberg implied that the intent of fixing Facebook with more Facebook. As of now he does appear quite confident and doesn’t think anything can harm his company. He already has kept higher stakes which he thinks of fulfilling soon.
Facebook which owns other platforms like Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp has no intention of returning to its “decentralized” state. Retooling its ad-based model is an idea which will be utilized to offer “time well spent”. The phrase has been blatantly copied from Tristan Harris and he wasn’t happy to hear about it.
Zuckerberg has made the 2018 attempt quite funny as everything he says he would do, should have already been done as the CEO of Facebook. It seems he wants to fix everything around him, from democracy to Facebook. But they aren’t really interested in public views.
Facebook remains closeted and several fact-checkers are constantly trying to debunk them. They have come up with theories of Russian interference in the function called Help Centre. They were even produced last during Christmas.
Facebook remains mum on any controversies that hit them. They are reluctant on releasing any kind of data and Facebook believes it isn’t their fault. The “fixing Facebook” statement has to be taken seriously by them. They need to listen to vulnerable users and clear themselves about third party involvement. Fixing can only be done if they are willing to do it.
Zuckerberg may do grand pronouncements or let the world know about his to-do lists but his ambitions are getting vaguer day by day. The high ambitions can lead to a downfall throughout the world and they may remember the dire trials of having good slogans.