Mark Zuckerberg says his ‘personal challenge’ for 2018 is to fix Facebook by banishing fake news and tackling abuse.
The billionaire Facebook boss has publically announced a New Year’s Resolution every year since 2009, challenging himself to wear a tie every day, learn to speak Mandarin and eat meat only from animals he killed himself.
Last year, he visited every U.S. state in a mission widely interpreted as indicating his hidden ambition to be President.
In 2018, Zuck’s resolution relates to his company, rather than his personal life.
He wrote: ‘I started doing these challenges in 2009. That first year the economy was in a deep recession and Facebook was not yet profitable. We needed to get serious about making sure Facebook had a sustainable business model. It was a serious year, and I wore a tie every day as a reminder.
‘Today feels a lot like that first year. The world feels anxious and divided, 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.’
Last year was difficult for Facebook.
It testified before Congress, where the social network defended itself against allegations it didn’t do enough to stop Russia using its platform in an attempt to meddle in the 2016 US election.
It was also heavily criticised by early employees and staff members, who questioned the effect it is having on the real world.