Zuckerberg sees ‘progress’ for Facebook after ‘tumultuous’ year

By Editor on 29/12/2018

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon

Views: 460

Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg said Friday the world’s biggest social network has “fundamentally” changed to focus on securing its systems against manipulation and misinformation.

Capping a tumultuous year marked by data protection scandals and government probes, Zuckerberg said he was “proud of the progress we’ve made” in addressing Facebook’s problems.

“For 2018, my personal challenge has been to focus on addressing some of the most important issues facing our community — whether that’s preventing election interference, stopping the spread of hate speech and misinformation, making sure people have control of their information, and ensuring our services improve people’s well-being,” he wrote on his Facebook page.

“We’re a very different company today than we were in 2016, or even a year ago. We’ve fundamentally altered our DNA to focus more on preventing harm in all our services, and we’ve systematically shifted a large portion of our company to work on preventing harm.”

He said Facebook now has more than 30,000 people “working on safety” and invests billions of dollars in security.

Zuckerberg’s comments come at the close of a year when Facebook was roiled by revelations about the misuse of personal data by the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica in the 2016 US election and on data sharing with business partners.

But he said the questions around Facebook are “more than a one-year challenge” and that the California giant was in the process of “multi-year plans to overhaul our systems.”

“In the past we didn’t focus as much on these issues as we needed to, but we’re now much more proactive,” he said.

The comments follow a message from Zuckerberg in January, before many of Facebook’s troubles emerged, when he outlined his goals of stemming abuse and hate and foreign interference, among other things, on the network used by more than two billion people.

"My personal challenge for 2018 is to focus on fixing these important issues,” Zuckerberg said in January.

In Friday’s message, Zuckerberg enumerated a series of steps taken over the past year, including fact-checking partnerships, advertising transparency and artificial intelligence to remove harmful content.

He added that Facebook’s systems were also being retooled with the aim of helping “improve people’s well-being,” based on research it conducted.

 

The research, he said, “found that when people use the internet to interact with others, that’s associated with all the positive aspects of well-being… But when you just use the internet to consume content passively, that’s not associated with those same positive effects.”

One of the changes aims to reduce “viral videos” that are shared across the Facebook platform.

“These changes intentionally reduced engagement and revenue in the near term, although we believe they’ll help us build a stronger community and business over the long term,” Zuckerberg said.

(AFP)

Posted 29/12/2018 05:32:45 AM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon


 

You may also like...
Anarchy looms in Nigeria, Constitution now suspended, Fayose...

2019: PDP set to take over Aso Rock...

Presidency fires back at Jonathan over claims Buhari’s...

2019: Obasanjo forgives Atiku, endorses him for president...

Suspected fraudster abducts Facebook female friend

N13bn project: Why we dragged Ayogu to EFCC...

EFCC arrests Jonathan’s ex-SGF, Pius Anyim

Catholic bishop condemns IPOB’s call for boycott of...

Nigeria needs a president who understands economy –...

EFCC arrests former PDP chair, Modu Sheriff

Allow Ojukwu’s spirit to rest in peace, MASSOB...

Brawl, gunshots at PDP HQ as Atiku submits...

 

Latest News Election Postponement: INEC Chairman has many questions to answer --ABC Nwosu TI doubts safety, integrity of electoral materials El-Rufai lied over killing of 66 Kaduna residents — CAN, NEMA INEC slams door on PVC collection, campaigns before Feb 23 Nigerians ‘ll vote out Buhari on February 23, despite election postponement – Wike Troops kill 37 bandits, lose 6 soldiers in Zamfara NASS postpones resumption Gunmen kill APC chieftain in Benue No elections in Rivers without our candidates, APC vows INEC postpones Nigeria elections, announces new dates, gives reasons PDP rejects shift in election dates, asks INEC chair to resign Gunmen kill 66 people in Kaduna

 

Most Read NAFDAC eases processes, cost of registering products for MSMEs (7,597 views) Full Text of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s 2016 Budget Speech (6,392 views) Ex-Heads of State will protect Jonathan from persecution —Kukah (6,091 views) IPOB: ‘We need urgent clarifications on Nnamdi Kanu’s status, whereabouts’, UK Govt tells FG (5,582 views) ASUU strike: Senate intervention ends in deadlock (5,460 views) Ex-governor Adebayo, Keyamo, Arise, others get board appointments (4,544 views) Prince Arthur Eze canvasses support for Buhari, Ugwuanyi (4,435 views) Ugwuanyi commends FG’s siting of ICT University in Enugu (4,367 views) Anambra: INEC releases 37 candidates for Nov poll (4,315 views) Nigeria ripe for Restructuring Now – Nwodo in Chatham House (4,306 views) Buhari has disappointed Nigerians – Arewa Youth Forum (4,273 views) Quit notice: Kaduna Govt obtains bench warrant against Northern youths (4,194 views)

 

SECTIONS NEWS (823) EDITORIAL (6) POLITICS (412) SOCIETY (104) SPORTS (13) BUSINESS (240) HEALTH (16) EDUCATION (20) ENTERTAINMENT (8) INTERNATIONAL (31) TECHNOLOGY (1) COLUMNISTS (0) LETTERS (0) OPINION (10)

 

 

Julius Agwu - Crazy Interview Demands