Rather than just give attention to Facebook’s issues like his 2018 problem, this year Mark Zuckerberg needs to offer transparency to his deliberations and invite the views of others. Today he announced his 2019 problem will probably be “to host a sequence of public discussions about the way forward for expertise in society — the alternatives, the challenges, the hopes, and the anxieties.” He plans to carry the talks with completely different leaders, specialists, and neighborhood members in quite a lot of codecs and venues, although they’ll all be publicly viewable from his Facebook and Instagram accounts or conventional media.
This isn’t the first time Zuckerberg has held a sequence of public talks. He ran community Q&A sessions in 2014 and 2015 to take questions instantly from his customers. The concept for Facebook Reactions for expressing feelings past “Likes” first emerged throughout these talks.
From his preliminary framing of the problem, although, it already appears like Zuckerberg sees extra Facebook as the reply to most of the points going through society. He asks “There are so many massive questions concerning the world we wish to reside in and expertise’s place in it. Do we would like expertise to maintain giving extra individuals a voice, or will conventional gatekeepers management what concepts will be expressed? Should we decentralize authority via encryption or different means to place extra energy in individuals’s arms? In a world the place many bodily communities are weakening, what function can the web play in strengthening our social material?”
The implied solutions there are “individuals ought to have a voice via Facebook”, “individuals ought to use Facebook’s encrypted chat app WhatsApp”, and “individuals ought to collaborate via Facebook Groups”. Hopefully the talks may even handle how an excessive amount of social media can impact polarization, self-image, and focus.