Zuckerberg's New Year's Resolution Is a Big One

Facebook CEO says he'll use 2018 to fix Facebook
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 4, 2018 1:03 PM CST
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg meets with a group of entrepreneurs and innovators during a round-table discussion at Cortex Innovation Community technology hub Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, in St. Louis.   (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

(Newser) – Since 2009, Mark Zuckerberg has set a personal goal for each new year—from visiting every state to learning Mandarin to killing his own food. And 2018 is no different, with Zuckerberg challenging himself in a Facebook post to use the new year to fix Facebook's numerous high-profile problems. But isn't fixing Facebook less of a personal challenge and more of a major component of the Facebook CEO's actual job, Recode wonders. Yes and no. Zuckerberg writes, "I think I'll learn more by focusing intensely on these issues than I would by doing something completely separate."

Zuckerberg will have no shortage of problems to attempt to fix in 2018. That includes harassment on Facebook and the platform's possible harmful effects on the mental well-being of its users, CNBC reports. Oh, and also the fact that Russian actors bought ads on Facebook in an attempt to sway the 2016 election. "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," Zuckerberg says. And that makes for one daunting New Year's resolution. (Read more Mark Zuckerberg stories.)

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