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Mark Zuckerberg Is Not Running For Office

| by Sheena Vasani

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he will not be not running for office.

In January, Zuckerberg announced on Facebook he was going to visit every state in the United States.

"My personal challenge for 2017 is to have visited and met people in every state in the US by the end of the year," he wrote on Jan. 3. "After a tumultuous last year, my hope for this challenge is to get out and talk to more people about how they're living, working and thinking about the future."

"My work is about connecting the world and giving everyone a voice," Zuckerberg later continued. "I want to personally hear more of those voices this year."

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Yet some wondered if Zuckerberg had other plans rolled up his sleeve.

In response, many speculated he was secretly planning on running for president in 2020, The Atlantic reports.

However, in a Facebook post published on May 21, Zuckerberg denied the allegations.

"Some of you have asked if this challenge means I'm running for public office," he wrote. "I'm not. I'm doing it to get a broader perspective to make sure we're best serving our community of almost 2 billion people at Facebook and doing the best work to promote equal opportunity at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative."

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Upon learning Zuckerberg does not want to run for office, many rushed to social media to offer their thoughts on the matter.

"We don't need another millionaire as president,we need a good leader who works for the people," wrote one person on the New York Daily News' Facebook post.

Others did not believe Zuckerberg will follow through with his words.

"Right now, Zuckerberg is unequivocally sure that running for office isn’t in the picture," writes Jack Crosbie for Inverse. "But Facebook didn’t become the most influential communications company in the world by being inflexible, and there’s nothing that says Zuckerberg can’t change his mind."

In addition to his thoughts about running for office, Zuckerberg also wrote about what he has learned so far by traveling the country.

"After my early trips, people asked me what I was learning but I wanted to be careful not to generalize because every state is so different," he reflected. "I have a lot more to learn, but I'm starting to see some common threads. My biggest takeaway so far is that our relationships shape us more than we think -- how we consider opportunities, how we process information, and how we form habits."

Sources: The Atlantic, Mark Zuckerberg/Facebook (2), InverseNew York Daily News/Facebook / Photo credit: Alessio Jacona/Flickr

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