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Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg turns to podcasting

By Jamie Harris, Press Association Science Technology Reporter

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg is turning his hand to podcasting in a bid to be more open about the thinking behind the social network’s practices and future development.

The 34-year-old entrepreneur first started hosting video debates at the beginning of the year, so far posting two episodes in which he discusses key technology issues with relevant leaders and experts.

In the latest episode earlier this month, Mr Zuckerberg revealed that he wants to create a new section on Facebook dedicated to high-quality and trusted news that could offer new ways to support funding for journalism.

Audio versions are now being published as a podcast titled Tech &; Society With Mark Zuckerberg, which appear to be exclusive to Spotify for the moment.

“Follow along as Mark Zuckerberg hosts a series of conversations on the future of technology and society,” the podcast description reads.

“He and his guests take on the biggest questions about tech’s place in the world – along with the opportunities, challenges, hopes and anxieties that come with it.”

Facebook has had a turbulent couple of years, with a number of data privacy scandals and concerns about the content distributed on its platform (Niall Carson/PA)

When launching the video series, Mr Zuckerberg described it as a “personal challenge” and pledged to put himself “out there more than I’ve been comfortable with and engage more”.

To date, the Facebook chief executive has held debates with Harvard law professor Jonathan Zittrain and Mathias Dopfner, boss of German news publisher Axel Springer.

The move comes amid mounting pressure for Facebook to be more transparent about its practices in light of data privacy concerns and scrutiny about the influence of fake news and other content circulated on its platform.