Zuckerberg Answers Question About Presidential Run

He has no plans to run, he says
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 24, 2017 5:59 PM CST
In this Nov. 19, 2016 file photo, Mark Zuckerberg, chairman and CEO of Facebook, waves at the CEO summit during the annual Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Lima, Peru.   (AP Photo/Esteban Felix, File)

(Newser) – Rumors have been swirling that Mark Zuckerberg is planning to run for president, but he put a swift end to those when asked about them by BuzzFeed. "No," he wrote in response to the question of whether he had plans to run, before going on to say that he's focused on Facebook and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the charity he and his wife started in 2015. A source close to Zuck tells BuzzFeed that Zuckerberg has said the same in private conversations: "There’s absolutely no truth to the idea that Mark is running for office and I’ve heard it directly from him," the source says, though he does acknowledge there's a possibility Zuckerberg "may choose to play a stronger role in the political system and political debates." (Read more Mark Zuckerberg stories.)

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