Mark Zuckerberg is slammed for his 'tone-deaf' end of year message

Mark Zuckerberg has been slammed for his 'tone-deaf' end of year message after saying he sees progress for Facebook after a tumultuous year for the social media giant.

Capping a tumultuous year marked by data protection scandals and government probes, Zuckerberg said in his year-end message that he was 'proud of the progress we've made' in addressing Facebook's problems. 

'For 2018, my personal challenge has been to focus on addressing some of the most important issues facing our community - whether that's preventing election interference, stopping the spread of hate speech and misinformation, making sure people have control of their information, and ensuring our services improve people's well-being,' he wrote on his Facebook page on December 28.

'We're a very different company today than we were in 2016, or even a year ago. We've fundamentally altered our DNA to focus more on preventing harm in all our services, and we've systematically shifted a large portion of our company to work on preventing harm.' 

Mark Zuckerberg has been slammed for his 'tone-deaf' end of year message after saying he sees progress for Facebook after a tumultuous year for the social media giant. He posted the above photo with wife  Priscilla on New Year's Day

Mark Zuckerberg has been slammed for his 'tone-deaf' end of year message after saying he sees progress for Facebook after a tumultuous year for the social media giant. He posted the above photo with wife  Priscilla on New Year's Day

He said Facebook now has more than 30,000 people 'working on safety' and invests billions of dollars in security.

Responding to Zuckerberg's message, tech adviser Paul Armstrong wrote in Forbes that his statement was 'bizarrely worded and timed'.

'The biggest issue with the post is the list of work Facebook has done and still that have yet to yield any major impact,' Armstrong wrote. 

'When read as a whole, the post simply confirms one thing about Facebook. No change has affected (or is designed to affect) the leading cause of Facebook's problems - the business model. 

'Facebook's issues are no longer just PR issues; these are older, more fundamental issues that are being leaked and brought to life. More will undoubtedly come in 2019 ( Zuckerberg's post almost promises

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