Zuckerberg: not running for office, but wants 'to learn'

May 22, 2017
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, seen here at an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Lima in November 2016, says he is not running for office but wants to learn more about people's "hopes and challenges"

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg says he is not running for public office but is making a series of public appearances "to learn about people's hopes and challenges."

The co-founder of the world's biggest social network sought to dampen speculation he is running for president, fueled by his campaign-style appearances around the United States.

"My personal challenge this year is to visit every state I haven't spent time in before to learn about people's hopes and challenges, and how they're thinking about their work and communities," Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post late Sunday from Newport, Rhode Island.

"Some of you have asked if this means I'm running for public office. I'm not."

Zuckerberg said he wants "to get a broader perspective to make sure we're best serving our community of almost two billion people at Facebook" and to help understand how to get the most from the philanthropy he set up with his wife, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

In recent months, Zuckerberg has been increasingly in the public eye, discussing social and political issues in general as well as the role Facebook plays in the world.

In a February post, Zuckerberg said Facebook can play a role in bringing people together as they face fractious politics and anti-globalization sentiment.

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.

His discussions brought him to conclude "that our relationships shape us more than we think" and that social networks, whether online or not, are important.

"This isn't a scientific study and it requires further research, but I think there's something to this idea that your relationships shape your path more than we realize," he wrote.

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not rated yet May 22, 2017
What Zuckerberg and facebook need to do is take responsibility for providing an insecure open platform designed for a benign world and redesign it for the hostile world at war that really exists. He needs to make it very hard and expensive to transmit fake news, disinformation, malware and to do cyber hacking via his platform. Facebook is partly responsible for the outcome of the 2016 election and the trump and republican disasters. That should be the first obligation of facebook. It must become secure.

Among other responses, it can continually upgrade its filters. It can use reference groups against fake news where if three reference groups declare an item is fake news, then act as if it is and don't transmit it. I am sure there are many other steps to be taken.

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