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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Gears up For Debates on Public Forums

User numbers at Facebook were flat in North America and declined slightly in Europe in third-quarter last year

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Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg. VOA

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said his personal challenge for 2019 will be to “host a series of public discussions about the future of technology in society – the opportunities, the challenges, the hopes, and the anxieties”.

“Every few weeks I’ll talk with leaders, experts, and people in our community from different fields and I’ll try different formats to keep it interesting. These will all be public, either on my Facebook or Instagram pages or on other media,” Mark Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

He said the engagements will all be public, “either on my Facebook or Instagram pages or on other media”.

Famed analyst Brian Wieser with Pivotal Research warned on Monday that Facebook should brace itself for another tough year as its revenue growth faces risk due to increased scrutiny of the platform’s usage by marketers.
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Zuckerberg gears up for debates on public forums. VOA

Scrutiny of Facebook increased manifold last year since it revealed how a London-based political consultancy, that worked for US President Donald Trump’s campaign, improperly got access to data of up to 87 millions users.

In September, Facebook said that a breach had exposed data of 50 million people and then, in December, it reported another security breach where nearly 6.8 million users risked their private photos being exposed to third-party apps.

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“But given the importance of what we do, that doesn’t cut it anymore. So I’m going to put myself out there more than I’ve been comfortable with and engage more in some of these debates about the future, the trade-offs we face, and where we want to go,” he noted.

User numbers at Facebook were flat in North America and declined slightly in Europe in third-quarter last year. (IANS)

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Set to Face Leadership Vote

Stamos said Zuckerberg needs to give up some of his control of Facebook and hire a new CEO

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FILE - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at a Facebook developer conference in San Jose, California, May 1, 2018. VOA
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was likely to face a leadership vote at the social networking giant’s annual general meeting on Thursday to step down as Chairman.
According to the BBC, Zuckerberg was “unlikely to lose the vote because he owns 60 per cent of the company’s shares”.
“However, the percentage of shareholders who vote against him could indicate how much faith they have in his leadership,” said the report on Thursday.
Trillium Asset Management that owns about $7 million worth of Facebook shares is one of those advocating for Zuckerberg to step down.
The chorus is growing against Zuckerberg to step down as Chairman as the company under his leadership has failed to curb privacy violations.
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Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg. VOA
Zuckerberg has rejected the call for breaking up his company.
In an interview with French broadcaster France 2, Zuckerberg dismissed the claim made by his long-time friend and Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes that it is time to break up Facebook as Zuckerberg has yielded “unchecked power and influence far beyond that of anyone else in the private sector or in government”.
Former Facebook security chief Alex Stamos has also asked Zuckerberg to step down.
Stamos said Zuckerberg needs to give up some of his control of Facebook and hire a new CEO. (IANS)