There’s been speculation for weeks that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is been preparing for a political run, perhaps even with eyes on the presidency in 2020.

But this week Zuckerberg said that isn’t the case, stating that, “No,” he has no plans to run for the United States’ top office.

Instead, Zuckerberg told BuzzFeed that he was “focused on building our community at Facebook and working on the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

Speculation around Zuckerberg’s political aspirations was largely sparked by court filings, showing that Zuckerberg had negotiated a way to maintain control of Facebook even while holding public office.


Zuckerberg plans to have visited every US state by the end of the year, and he’s been using his travels to meet local leaders, he also employs a photographer who was assigned to cover the Bush White House, and he recently hired a pair of top political strategists to assist the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

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