Well, conservatives everywhere can breathe a little easier now, after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s latest announcement.
Turns out the creator of the world’s most popular social media network will not be seeking to dip his toe in the realm of civic service any time soon.
Yep, you heard it right. Zuckerberg has decided he’s not going to run for political office.
The Daily Caller is reporting, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced he will not be running for office in an official statement Monday.
The social media founder announced a nationwide listening tour in which he would talk with people in all 50 states by the end of the year. The announcement fueled rumors that Zuckerberg was interested in running for political office.
“Some of you have asked if this challenge means I’m running for public office,” the CEO said in his Facebook statement. “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.”
This isn’t the first time he refuted the rumor he planned to run for office. When his 50-state tour was announced in January, he quickly responded to rumors with a firm no. “I’m focused on building our community at Facebook and working on the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative,” Zuckerberg said at the time.
Did America just dodge a bullet? Probably so.
Zuckerberg is no simpleton though. If he should ever decide to give politics a go, there’s a clause in his contract that allows him to retain control over the company, even if he has to step down as CEO.
Like him or not, that Zuckerberg fellow is pretty smart.
[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]