We have reached almost the New Year, which means time for some reflection on what happened and what will come. For Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, this means you are looking back in a really tough year.
The 34-year-old wunderkind fought this year, in what was undoubtedly the hardest in 14 years since the founding of Facebook in the Harvard House Room.
At the end of his year on Friday, Zuckerberg is optimistic if he is a little landed.
He wrote down the changes made by the company – or, as he was saying, “we have radically changed our DNA” – focusing more on handling the bad acts happening on Facebook. This includes addressing Russian intervention in our elections, stopping harmful and intimidating positions and promising to give citizens more control over their data. He also noted that Facebook now has 30,000 people dealing with security and harassment issues and investing billions of dollars in security every year.
He acknowledged that these issues would take more than a year to correct them. But he said the company has launched many-year plans to deal with them. This does not mean that Facebook is totally out of the question. “In the past, we did not focus so much on these issues as we needed, but now we are much more active,” he wrote.
“I have learned a lot from concentrating on these issues and we are still doing a lot of work,” Zuckerberg added. “I am proud of the progress we made in 2018 and grateful to all those who helped us to get here – Facebook teams, our collaborators and independent researchers and all those who gave us so many comments. It pledges to continue to make progress on these important issues as we enter the new year. ”
This leaves Zuckerberg in a strange position for his annual personal challenge, which over the years has included everything, from reading more to learning Mandarin. Last year, his challenge was to build ancillary software such as Jarvis, the AI-sidekick comic for Iron Man.
Earlier this year, Zuckerberg chose to make his annual challenge to defining Facebook. By its own measure, there is still work. That is why some Twitter users have suggested trying something less disheartening while continuing to work on Facebook.