Mark Zuckerberg: I'm not running for public office

Bruno Cirelli
Mag 23, 2017

For now, at least, Zuckerberg insisted in his post that the point is "to get a broader perspective to make sure we're best serving our community of nearly 2 billion people at Facebook and doing the best work to promote equal opportunity at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative".

Since embarking on his goal to visit 30 states he's never been before, the Facebook CEO said he visited recovering heroin addicts in OH, community leaders in Detroit and a juvenile justice center in Indiana.

But instead of laying the foundations for a presidential nomination, Zuckerberg says he is hoping to better understand "people's hopes and challenges, and how they're thinking about their work and communities", according to a Facebook status update on 22 May.

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has denied a current tour of U.S. states is the start of a campaign to run for public office.

He said Facebook is looking to connect users beyond people they already know.

"There's a widely held myth that if people in other places just had better information they'd make better decisions" he wrote. He describes those as people outside a user's social circle that as he says "provide a new source of support and inspiration".

He said that in order to connect people with mentors, one approach could be to build a "new digital peace corps", while another model is Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. "We've built AI systems to recommend "people you may know"," he said.

Attending Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, Zuckerberg listens intently to the sermon. "As the needs of our students continue to change, so must our instructional methods, and we are making great progress in Providence".

The 33-year-old billionaire has been on a quest this year to go to every state he hasn't previously visited.

In April, Zuckerberg dined with the Moore family in Newton Falls, about 55 miles southeast of Cleveland, Ohio.

In his message Sunday, Zuckerberg said his public appearances have included meetings with recovering heroin addicts, juvenile detainees and community leaders in disadvantages parts of the country.

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