Zuckerberg Reveals His 2019 Personal Challenge

He'll have a role in debates on future tech 'every few weeks'
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 9, 2019 4:03 AM CST
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg makes the keynote speech at F8, Facebook's developer conference in San Jose, Calif., on May 1, 2018.   (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

(Newser) – Mark Zuckerberg set the lofty goal to "fix" Facebook in 2018. "Proud of the progress we've made" but with work still to do, he's now eying the tech industry at large, reports CNN. "My challenge for 2019 is to host a series of public discussions about the future of technology in society," featuring "leaders, experts, and people in our community from different fields," the Facebook CEO writes in a post. Zuckerberg says the discussions will come in different formats, shared via Facebook, Instagram, and other media, "every few weeks." Included is a personal challenge: No longer able to let ideas "speak for themselves … I'm going to put myself out there more than I've been comfortable with and engage more in some of these debates."

They might cover how technology could be used to create rather than destroy jobs, and how we might "build an internet that helps people come together to address the world's biggest problems that require global-scale collaboration," the 34-year-old says. "Hearing from Zuckerberg on these weighted questions can't be a bad thing" given calls for greater transparency, writes Makena Kelly at the Verge. "If his other resolutions are any indication, however, expect Zuckerberg's public debates to be fairly scripted events, rather than a raw and unfiltered window into the CEO's mind," writes Seth Fiegerman at CNN. Rhett Jones wonders whether it might be empty. "It seems like Zuckerberg is all out of ideas, so he's hoping other people will give him some," he writes at Gizmodo. (A past personal challenge of Zuckerberg's involved Morgan Freeman.)

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