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    January 25, 2017

    Mark Zuckerberg responds to rumours that he might run for US President

    Mark Zuckerberg US Presidency

    Mark Zuckerberg has officially shot down rumours that he plans to run for a political office – potentially the US Presidency – in 2020.

    After Donald Trump secured the Presidency and took office on January 20th, you’d imagine that just about anything is possible. Now, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has shot down rumours suggesting that he might attempt a political run in 2020 onwards.

    In conversation with BuzzFeed News, the Facebook CEO officially clarified whether he had any intentions of running for office with a resounding “no.” Zuckerberg instead cited that his focus remains on “building our community at Facebook and working on the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative.

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    Rumours surrounding the Facebook CEO’s political aspirations first surfaced when Bloomberg reported that negotiations had taken place to ensure that Zuckerberg could remain Facebook’s CEO while holding public office.

    Allegations of Zuckerberg’s interest in a bid for the US Presidency have only been emboldened after the Facebook CEO announced his personal goal and challenge for 2017; to visit every US state by the close of the year.

    As BuzzFeed reports, the fact that Zuckerberg has employed a photographer who previously  covered the (G.W.) Bush administration in the White House, and hired political strategists to guide the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative has only added fuel to the fire.

    The Facebook CEO has previously voiced his interest and views in several political arenas, most noticeably on US immigration policy, and further invested himself alongside Apple when the Cupertino company faced off against the FBI over state requests to unlock the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone 5c.

    The greatest irony is that considering that Donald Trump’s administration is now settling into the White House, the idea of having Facebook’s CEO sit in the Oval Office doesn’t feel too far-fetched.

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    What are your thoughts? Should technology executives aspire to hold a political office, or rather attempt to make change from the industry they’ve grown in? Be sure to let us know your opinion in the comments below!

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