New York: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s New Year’s pledge is to meet people in real life in each US state in an effort to mend societal divisions wrought by the twin forces of technology and globalisation.
The tech giant’s boss on Tuesday said his personal challenge for 2017 is to have visited and met people in each state by the end of the year. That means he will journey to about 30 states in 2017, according to his Facebook post.
This is the latest personal challenge Zuckerberg has given himself. In previous years, he has built artificial intelligence for his home, learned Mandarin, read 25 books and ran 587 kms. “After a tumultuous last year, my hope for this challenge is to get out and talk to more people about how they are living, working and thinking about the future,” he wrote in the post.
According to the Guardian, Zuckerberg’s plot to visit all US states may hint at his political ambitions. In early December, it said, unsealed court filings from a class-action lawsuit filed in April revealed that Zuckerberg and two enter members had discussed how the CEO force pursue a political career even as retaining control of Facebook.