Mark Zuckerberg has become the latest tech luminary to weigh in on the results of the US presidential election, issuing a short statement on his own Facebook page. Unlike his peers at companies like Slack, however, Zuckerberg strikes an even tone, focusing on long-term issues like curing disease and increasing education opportunities rather than the immediate realities of the imminent Trump regime.
"The most important opportunities of [his young daughter] Max's generation — like curing all disease, improving education, connecting everyone and promoting equal opportunity — will take long term focus and finding new ways for all of us to work together, sometimes over decades," Zuckerberg writes. He uses Max to frame the statement, putting it out alongside a picture of her watching the results roll in on TV, and noting that she'll have many more election nights ahead of her.
It's not clear which way Zuckerberg voted, but reading between the lines, he doesn't sound exactly jubilant at the prospect of an incoming president who has the rest of Silicon Valley worried. "This work is bigger than any presidency and progress does not move in a straight line," Zuckerberg says, closing the post by calling for people to "work even harder" than they had before to make the world better.
The pope’s “[Trump] endorsement” has over 868,000 Facebook shares; Snopes piece exposing it as fake only has 33,000: https://t.co/XbKOM0aDK8— Violet Blue ® (@violetblue) November 10, 2016
Such platitudes do key with Zuckerberg's charity work, but they don't address how Facebook will change in the short term. The social network has come under fire for its perceived role in the presidential election, after it repeatedly failed to flag patently inaccurate sources from user news feeds, and its inscrutable algorithms seemingly placed people in partisan bubbles.
Others have downplayed Facebook's role in the elections, but it's clear from the multiple fumbled attempts the company has made to curate news feeds — both with editorial staff and with special algorithms — that it's still not sure how to manage the sheer weight of information (and misinformation) shared by its users every day.