Mark Zuckerberg is giving up on annual personal challenges – The Verge

Mark Zuckerberg is giving up on annual personal challenges – The Verge

Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he’s moving away from his annual self-reflection challenges to take a longer-term focus on what he sees as important over the next decade.“Rather than having year-to-year challenges, I’ve tried to think about what I hope the world and my life will look in 2030 so I can make sure I’m focusing on those things, ” he wrote in a lengthy Facebook post. “By then, if things go well, my daughter Max will be in high school, we’ll have the technology to feel truly present with another person no matter where they are, and scientific research will have helped cure and prevent enough diseases to extend our average life expectancy by another 2.5 years.”It’s somewhat unsurprising Zuckerberg isn’t spending too much time reflecting on 2019; it was a brutal year for the social media platform. In July, the Federal Trade Commission levied a record $5 billion fine against Facebook for its role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal and other privacy breaches (although as The Verge’s Nilay Patel pointed out, that figure had little consequence for a company that recorded a $22 billion profit the year prior).
There were also high-profile stories of the horrific working conditions ....

For the next decade, some of the most important social infrastructure will help us reconstruct all kinds of smaller communities to give us that sense of intimacy again.This is one of the areas of innovation I’m most excited about. Our digital social environments will feel very different over the next 5+ years, re-emphasizing private interactions and helping us build the smaller communities we all need in our lives.”Perhaps most significantly, Zuckerberg’s plan for the next decade includes what he calls “new forms of governance.”Platforms like Facebook have to make tradeoffs on social values we all hold dear -- like between free expression and safety, or between privacy and law enforcement, or between creating open systems and locking down data and access.
It’s rare that there’s ever a clear “right” answer, and in many cases it’s as important that the decisions are made in a way that feels legitimate to the community. From this perspective, I don’t think private companies should be making so many important decisions that touch on fundamental democratic values.He writes that there are “a number of areas where I believe governments establishing clearer rules would be helpful, including around elections, harmful content, privacy, and data portability. I’ve ....

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