Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook, has given more credence to growing rumours that he is planning an eventual move into political life, by announcing that he intends to travel across the US in 2017, and meet people in every state.
The news was released in a Facebook post with Zuckerberg saying:
“My personal challenge for 2017 is to have visited and met people in every state in the US by the end of the year. I’ve spent significant time in many states already, so I’ll need to travel to about 30 states this year to complete this challenge… For decades, technology and globalization have made us more productive and connected. This has created many benefits, but for a lot of people it has also made life more challenging. This has contributed to a greater sense of division than I have felt in my lifetime. We need to find a way to change the game so it works for everyone.”
The journey, he said, will involve road trips with his wife Priscilla Chan, meetings with scientists and teachers, visits to Facebook offices, and would also call into small towns and universities.
It’s the latest move that reveal Zuckerberg’s future plans. In December 2016, court filings revealed that he and members of the Facebook board had discussed how he could remain in charge of Facebook, while pursuing a political career.
A text message from investor Marc Andreessen, said that the “biggest issue” of the corporate proposal was “how to define the gov’t service thing without freaking out shareholders that you are losing commitment.”
Among other things, Zuckerberg has gone from bona fide atheist to finding religion, and has tried to stay politically neutral in recent times, despite an avalanche of criticism from both Republican and Democratic parties over Facebook’s influence and the publication of ‘fake’ news stories in the recent US Presidential election.