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(Reuters) – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on Thursday that this year he is dropping his annual challenges to take a longer-term focus on the decade ahead.
Zuckerberg said he plans to work on a new private social platform, decentralized technology, generational issues, and new forms of digital governance, among other things.
The move would see him focus more on his role as CEO and the problems that have afflicted Facebook than on personal goals, such as learning Mandarin and reading two books a month.
“Rather than having year-to-year challenges, I’ve tried to think about [how] I hope the world and my life will look in 2030 so I can make sure I’m focusing on those things,” he said.
Zuckerberg, whose company is under pressure for failing to adequately police content and protect user privacy on its platform, said he expects governments to come up with clearer rules for the internet over the next decade.
“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,” he said.
“I don’t think private companies should be making so many important decisions that touch on fundamental democratic values.”
Over the next decade, Zuckerberg plans to fund and give a platform to younger entrepreneurs and scientists to cure, prevent, and manage diseases.
He pointed out that while the internet has helped people to connect with each other across the world, it has also made people crave more intimacy.
“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,” he said.
(Reporting by Ambhini Aishwarya in Bengaluru, editing by Aditya Soni.)
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