Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sets executives company roadmap at year-end meeting

Facebook’s top executives on Tuesday called for a round – up of business priorities such as commerce and virtual reality at a year – end meeting, reducing criticism that the company’s record on false and violent speech this year.

“The way is the way. I believe the only way is to keep working,” the chief executive said Mark Zuckerberg Reuters told employees according to the audio of the address heard.

Zuckerberg accepted that criticism Facebook It damaged the courage of the people, saying that public scrutiny “comes with the territory.” But he also struck a chord, arguing that at least some of the pushback came from rivals or from those interested in damaging Facebook’s reputation.

“We have to recognize that we have a lot of competitors, and there are those who believe that their success depends on us failing. So it is very important that we do not accept all criticism as a reflection,” he said.

Critics have lashed out at Zuckerberg’s approach to addressing his services on Facebook this year, including a rare walkout by staff accusing the US president of not policing enough. Donald Trump Posts.

It is also the largest social network in the world Advertiser expulsion Hate speech this summer, spreading violent rhetoric around the US presidential election in November and the fight with regulators over anticompetitive behavior.

Despite those headwinds, Zuckerberg and other executives, who spoke at sessions on Tuesday, said Chief Product Officer Chris Cox and Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroefer had tried hard to focus on technology and product priorities.

Zuckerberg said he would “particularly focus” on technologies that provide “deep presence” such as augmented and virtual reality.

He added that the company has a “unique opportunity around trade and payments”, as well as building tools that provide collaboration between people who work remotely.

Chief Executive Officer Sheryl Sandberg, Ended the session by thanking the employees for playing a less public role with Facebook compared to previous years, for adapting to remote working arrangements Corona virus Pandemic.

The company added 20,000 new employees this year, including 17,000 after the outbreak of the unstoppable Facebook office.

© Thomson Reuters 2020

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