Mark Zuckerberg isn't focused on becoming the President of the United States, the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Facebook revealed to BuzzFeed News on Tuesday. Zuckerberg briefly dismissed the idea of running for the highest office in the country and explained how his efforts are currently focused on Facebook and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI). Building and improving the Facebook community while advancing technology, science, medicine, and education for the betterment of all mankind through CZI remain Zuckerberg's top priorities, Facebook's CEO said on Tuesday.
Rumors of Zuckerberg's political ambitions initially emerged several weeks ago, though they weren't substantiated by any credible evidence. Outlets that speculated about the founder of Facebook running for President were pointing to the fact that he recently mentioned a hypothetical scenario in which he would run for office in Facebook's 2015 stock restructuring agreement and hired an ex-White House photographer for shooting some pictures which he posted on Facebook. Most other alleged hints of Zuckerberg's political aspirations were related to some of his recent hirings of people with political backgrounds. Still, all clues were circumstantial and inconclusive, which is why Zuckerberg's latest comment dismissing the idea of running for President didn't come as a surprise to many. Nonetheless, the famous Internet entrepreneur didn't respond to reporters who were asking him whether he'd be willing to explicitly rule out a presidential run at any point in the future, BuzzFeed News reports. The same outlet also claims how a source close to Facebook's CEO said Zuckerberg dismissed the rumor of running for President in his social circles.
Despite not having any first-hand experience with public service, not everyone was initially dismissive of the idea of Zuckerberg running for the highest office in the U.S. as the latest presidential campaign demonstrated how many American voters are more focused on a candidate's political platform instead of their background. However, it seems that Zuckerberg is currently content with his situation as he reportedly believes there's more he can do for the world by leading Facebook and CZI than by officially jumping into politics. It remains to be seen whether his stances will change in the future.