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Mark Zuckerberg is focusing on fixing issues on Facebook as his personal challenge for 2018. He says that the social media "has a lot of work to do -- whether it's protecting our community from abuse and hate, defending against interference by nation states, or making sure that time spent on Facebook is time well spent."

The Verge's Jacob Kastrenakes points out how this announcement shows that Facebook is willing to put in some work to address its shortcomings as a "central distributor of information." As it is, the existing guidelines of the social media platform can prove problematic when it is not implemented appropriately. Some people get banned even if they shouldn't, while others are tolerated even if they engage in inappropriate behavior on the site.

Zuckerberg himself acknowledges the mistakes that Facebook makes in enforcing its policies and that they have not always been able to prevent misuse of their tools. However, he is hoping that they will "end 2018 on a much better trajectory."

He also says that while technology can be "a decentralizing force that puts more power in people's hands," its use by some governments and tech companies to watch others lead people to believe that it centralizes power instead.

To address this issue, Zuckerberg wants to learn more about encryption and cryptocurrency, which he says are technologies that could return power from centralized systems back to people's hands. He hopes to discover the best way to use these in their services.

While Zuckerberg hasn't mentioned any concrete plans for Facebook, his statement is a step forward in addressing the platform's shortcomings.