I wouldn’t say Facebook is in trouble. Obviously, it’s not. But it look like Facebook is in transition. They’re trying to shake off the ‘fake news‘ stigma. They also want to go into streaming TV. Facebook redefines itself: changes are coming.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg talked about making Facebook a safe and equal place for all. Zuckerburg wrote a 5,800 word essay about his vision for Facebook. He then delivered a slogan all in computer repair and IT support should take to heart. He said, “To give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected.” In fact, that’s what the company’s front page says.
So, some may say, “Facebook already does that. I connect with people I haven’t seen in years, or decades.” That’s true. But Zuckerberg points out problems with Facebook. One time, people ranked Facebook one of the most hated companies in America. Then came 2016. Users criticized Facebook for allowing false information and outright hoaxes during the most brutal election of my lifetime. To this day, some blame this kind of ‘fake news’ for Donald Trump’s election on November 8, 2016. In the months following, Zuckerberg vows to combat misinformation. In this essay, he talks about his concern for sensationalism.
That’s not the only thing that concerns Zuckerberg. He sees the world we’re living in. It seems like everywhere you go, people are going to the extreme. In fact, in yesterday’s press conference, President Donald Trump even made reference of ‘nuclear holocaust’. That’s a phrase I hoped would die out after the Cold War ended in 1989. But it’s back again. That alone tells you what era we’re in. Plus, social media gives extremists the tool to push social political ideas to the extreme. I don’t really how Facebook redefines itself. But it sounds like Zuckerberg wants Facebook to be part of the solution, not part of the problem. And that’s what we all need right now. How should Facebook redefines itself?
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