He pledged to look critically at issues like "abuse and hate" and "defending against interference by nation states", in a Facebook post Thursday.
2018 is no different, and this year, Zuckerberg said that he plans on focusing on fixing some of the "important issues" that are caused by his company's global dominance. "We will not prevent", he said, "all mistakes and abuses", "but today we are making too many mistakes in terms of implementing our policies and avoiding the abuse of our tools".
At the time, the United States economy was in the midst of recession and Facebook, then five years old, wasn't profitable. But after the tumultuous, albeit immensely profitable year the company just completed, Zuckerberg's sole focus for the year appears on improving the way Facebook operates in society.
Facebook was under much scrutiny in 2017 for a litany of issues, including admitting Russians bought ads with the intent to sway the 2016 US elections.
The Facebook CEO has declared a goal each year since 2009. Some in Congress raised alarms about the enormous power of these platforms and their seeming inability to police themselves. There's also been lots of speculation about Facebook's identity as well. Facebook has been described as enabling ethnic cleansing in Myanmar. Sometimes, that's heartfelt posts by their friends but other times it's viral fake news stories or inflammatory comments about political candidates.
Having said all this, Facebook could indeed benefit from trials with decentralized solutions like cryptocurrency and blockchain. "I'm looking forward to bringing groups of experts together to discuss and help work through these topics". That said, they're also the kinds of questions the CEO of Facebook should have been asking years ago instead of recklessly urging his employees to move fast and break things. In the first days after the 2016 election, Zuckerberg dismissed as "crazy" the idea that fake news on the social network influenced the outcome.
Facebook had a tough 2017. The social media giant partnered with independent fact-checking organizations, like Snopes and PolitiFact, to investigate.
Thus far he's built a personal AI assistant for his house (2016), learned Mandarin (2014) and travelled to all 50 U.S. states to engage with the common man (2017) - albeit not in a pre-presidential PR stunt. A year ago I needed to, and not because I want to run for president.