Facebook CEO plans public debates about tech for 2019 personal challenge

FILE PHOTO: Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg reacts as he speaks at the Viva-Tech start-up and technology summit in Paris, France, May 24, 2018. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said on Tuesday he is host of a series of public discussions about the future of technology in society as part of his personal challenge this year.

Zuckerberg sounded his plan in a Facebook post, which is a regular function if he is going to start his New Year’s resolutions in the past have included personal goals, such as the learning of Mandarin to read two books per month.

“Every couple of weeks I’m going to talk with the leaders, experts, and the people in our community from different areas and I will try different formats to keep it interesting. These are all in the public, either on my Facebook or Instagram pages or on other media,” Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post here.

Facebook’s reputation suffered last year, a scandal involving a British political consulting firm that involved the personal information of millions of users, making the social network is under tight control of the entire world.

Last year, Zuckerberg said that he would fix a lot of Facebook’s problems, such as the use of the platform for incitement to hatred, spreading of misinformation and political interference.

As part of these efforts, Facebook is strengthening its fact-checking efforts, took suspicious pages and accounts, improved its systems for identifying fake accounts. However, still faced with the criticism from regulators and lawmakers for not doing enough.

Reporting by Sonam Rai in Bengaluru; Editing by shailesh Kuber

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