1. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg rules out possibilities of joining politics

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg rules out possibilities of joining politics

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says his quest this year to visit every state he hadn't before is about building relationships, not politics.

By: | Us | Updated: May 23, 2017 11:03 AM
The 33-year-old billionaire says in a Facebook post that some users have asked if the trip means he’s running for public office. (AP/PTI)

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has ruled out joining politics in a social media post on Monday. Stressing that his trips to every state of the US would help him learn about people’s hopes and challenges, Zuckerberg said this is his personal challenge. The Facebook CEO, however, said the challenge did not mean that he was running for public office. The 33-year-old billionaire felt that these visits would also help him get a broader perspective. Zuckerberg said relationships are the most important things in life. Relationships can shape your path more than we realize, he said. Underlining that Facebook can make a difference, Zuckerberg said Facebook has been looking to connect users beyond people they already know.

He noted that it may be important that the platform connects users to people one should know. He described those as people outside a user’s social circle who “provide a new source of support and inspiration.” Zuckerberg said that Facebook is exploring models for building those connections.

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He shared three stories about how relationships affect very different social problems. One thing I’ve been inspired by is that if we can just help a few percent of people, that can make a huge positive impact on our society overall, Zuckerberg said.

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According to agency reports, he wrote the post from Newport, Rhode Island, where he was spotted with his wife, Priscilla Chan. Massachusetts real estate broker Gisele Borghani said she and her family were walking on a crowded sidewalk to Newport’s Easton’s Beach when they nearly bumped into the couple.

Zuckerberg and Chan then traveled to Providence on Monday to visit the Del Sesto Middle School. The Providence Public School District said it was expecting representatives from the couple’s Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and “`was delighted when the foundation’s namesakes showed up in person,” the report says.

The couple and their organization’s education director, Jim Shelton, also met Monday with Democratic Governor Gina Raimondo to talk about personalized learning. The organization has donated to a statewide initiative that uses technology and targeted instruction to tailor learning to each student.

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