Mark Zuckerberg Gives Dire Warnings About 2020

Facebook has suffered from scandal after scandal over the past couple of years, so much so that it seems like these bad events are continuing unabated. Even though the social media platform has continued to grow in spite of the privacy and misinformation disasters, Mark Zuckerberg seems to be less than enthusiastic about 2020, even going so far as to refer to it as potentially one of the toughest years that Facebook has ever ended up facing all in all.

The main reason why Zuckerberg seems to think that 2020 is going to be a very tough year for the people that are working at Facebook has to do with the fact that one of the recent scandals rocking Facebook has involved misinformation being spread through political ads. Since 2020 is an election year, the number of political ads that are going to be posted to the platform are probably going to end up skyrocketing, and this will increase the number of controversies that Facebook is being forced to contend with on a regular basis all in all.

Numerous antitrust actions are also being taken against Facebook, and all of these things are going to end up coming to a head once the cases start to go to court. With Zuckerberg having to suffer through a seemingly endless stream of hearings in front of congress as well as members of congress that have a tendency to go very hard on him indeed, it is understandable that the young CEO is warning his company about a difficult year to come.
"I expect that this is going to be a very tough year. We try to do what we think is right, but we're not going to get everything right. This is complex stuff and anyone who says the answers are simple hasn't thought long enough about all the nuances and downstream challenges.", wrote Zuckerberg in a status update. Adding further, "I get that some people will disagree with our decisions. I get that some people will think our decisions may have a negative impact on things they really care about. But I don't think anyone can say we're not doing what we believe, or that we haven't thought hard about these issues. I could be wrong, but my experience running this company so far has been that if we do what we believe is right, even when it's unpopular for years at a time -- then eventually it has worked out best for our community and for our business too."
Facebook’s third quarter report has shown a lot of progress for the company, but if the CEO as well as his team are not able to get ahead of these problems then Facebook’s supremacy as a social media platform might well end up becoming a thing of the past.



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