Zuckerberg's personal challenges, which came across as equal parts sincere New Year's resolutions and cynical PR ploys to make him seem more personable, have been an annual tradition for the 35-year-old Facebook co-founder for more than a decade. In the past, he's pushed himself to learn to hunt and cook, to read more books and to improve his public speaking.
"My goal was to grow in new ways outside my day-to-day work running Facebook," Zuckerberg wrote Thursday on -- where else? -- his Facebook profile. "Outside Facebook, I'm a father now and I love spending time with my family, working on our philanthropy, and improving at the sports and hobbies I've picked up over the years. So while I'm glad I did annual challenges over the last decade, it's time to do something different."
Zuckerberg said he also plans to focus his efforts on the larger issues he and his teams have been facing. Among them, he reiterated his plan to create a better form of governance for Facebook, including an internet version of the Supreme Court.people can appeal to when concerns about free expression and censorship come up. Think of it as
"This decade, I hope to use my position to establish more community governance and more institutions like this," Zuckerberg wrote. "If this is successful, it could be a model for other online communities in the future."
Facebook didn't respond to a request to make Zuckerberg available for an interview.
The end to the annual personal challenges comes at a time when Zuckerberg's facing more scrutiny than ever. Facebook, the social networking company he helped build, attracts about 2.5 billion people to use it each month and also owns subsidiaries like the photo-sharing social network Instagram and the text message replacement service WhatsApp. It continues to struggle amid scandals over election interference, propaganda, data privacy and.
As a result, Facebook is being scrutinized by regulators and lawmakers around the world concerned about potential incidents like theof up to 87 million people's private Facebook information, Russia's interference or Facebook's own " " helping to fuel a crisis that led to genocide in Myanmar.
In his post Thursday, Zuckerberg acknowledged some of the criticism he and his company have faced, saying he's handling much more "social responsibility" than he did when he first set out on these personal challenges a decade ago.
"This decade I'm going to take a longer term focus," he wrote, noting his work on, augmented reality, privacy and other issues. "Rather than having year-to-year challenges, I've tried to think about what I hope the world and my life will look in 2030 so I can make sure I'm focusing on those things."