Mark Zuckerberg, founder and chief executive of Facebook, the world’s largest social network, has absolute control over the company,media reported. But he also has things to fear, such as losing interest in Facebook. Moreover, to avoid Facebook losing control, Zuckerberg is increasingly involved in every aspect of the company. Mike Isaac, a New York Times columnist, spoke in an interview about how Zuckerberg wanted more control over Facebook than ever before and why he worried that everything Facebook created would eventually break up.
Pictured: Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO
Here’s a summary of the interview:
Q: Why is Zuckerberg increasingly involved in all aspects of the company?
Isaac: Zuckerberg and his company have suffered numerous attacks in a number of crisis incidents, including brazen propaganda around the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Zuckerberg doesn’t want to be in this situation anymore, and his reaction to the previous runaway is to exert more control.
Q: Would Facebook be better off if Zuckerberg learned more?
Isaac: I’m sure he’ll be seeking more advice on the decisions he made. When you’re saying it, he listens attentively, and then sits there and reflects. Zuckerberg may say that he is leaning toward a role he has been in for a long time and that he must trust his instincts. But the best leaders also have internal checks and balances on their power, but I’m not sure what those checks and balances are.
Q: Why did Zuckerberg perform so high-profile during the new crown outbreak, such as publicly interviewing infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fuci and live streaming it on Facebook?
Isaac: Being a high-profile leader is part of Zuckerberg’s job, and I think he’s realized that. Healing the disease is also one of the goals of his personal charity. Zuckerberg is setting an example, and he believes Facebook can help reliably spread information quickly. His staff are working hard because he believes this is a time to show that Facebook can do more good than bad things in the world.
Q: Will Facebook do more good things than bad ones?
Isaac: I’ve been thinking about it for a long time. Is there a way to calculate what Facebook does, or measure the damage it does, and decide which side wins? How is that possible? For many people, the question is, if a product causes serious injury, including death, should it still exist? If you ask Zuckerberg this question, I’m pretty sure he’ll give a positive answer. But should it be up to Facebook’s creators to decide?
Q: What is Zuckerberg most afraid of?
Isaac: Dominance is fleeting, especially in technology, and I think that’s why Mark can’t sleep at night. He worries that people will lose interest in Facebook and that competitors outside the United States will overtake Facebook. These are legitimate concerns. But when 3 billion people use one of the company’s apps and Facebook continues to make more money, it’s hard for most people to understand his views. He fears that his power will be usurped, but it doesn’t seem to happen any time soon.