Zuckerberg for President? Should the Face of Facebook Stay Out of Politics?

Jim Vacey
Jim Vacey Manager, fishbat: An Online Marketing Firm

Posted on March 29th 2013

Zuckerberg for President? Should the Face of Facebook Stay Out of Politics?

ImageIf Facebook hasn’t taken on enough already, Mr. Zuckerberg is on his way to becoming a political organizer.

Wall Street Journal announced that Zuckerberg and fellow tech industry leaders are organizing a political group (unnamed until is formal announcement sometime in the near future) that will challenge such topics as education and immigration. The group plans to register as a 501(c)(4), which is relatively reserved for social welfare groups that are not organized for profit.

Zuckerberg in the political world? What does a 28-year-old billionaire owner of a social media company know about politics?

Now I have always been a fan of Zuckerberg. His arrogance and ambition could have helped Ned Stark keep his head if you know what I mean. But furthermore, Zuckerberg is an activist in a way, looking to improve anything and everything about his company and please the people that use his product. Zuckerberg’s passion for change could serve as a vital component to his political group’s views and platforms. Not for nothing, his influence can have an impact on political figures as well. (I’ll delete your account if you don’t increase education budgets!)

We have seen, many times before in the past, billionaires jump into the political arena, looking to make the changes that this country needs or wants – Ross Perot, Ralph Nader, and Donald Trump to name a few – but why does Mark Zuckerberg seem like such an obvious choice?

Zuckerberg has proven himself to be quite the organizer with the success of his Hackathons and bringing Facebook into the public sector. His innovation and creative background have helped him become the CEO of one of the world’s most popular social networks to date.

Though the political group is in its fetal stages, it is gaining support and momentum. Will this political move be the catalyst for a presidential candidacy? In 12 years, will we see a Facebook presidential platform? Like if you do.

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Jim Vacey

Jim Vacey

Manager, fishbat: An Online Marketing Firm

 

Jim Vacey is Assistant Marketing Director for Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor NY. Jim is a graduate from Dowling College with a BA in English and History and looks to pursue an MBA in Creative Writing. Jim is now the proud father of his first child, Harley Quinn Vacey. 

 

 

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"What does a 28-year-old billionaire owner of a social media company know about politics?" You answered your question within a question. The man owns a billion dollar company, how can you say that he is not fit for politics? Is it really because of his age or is it because society says that you must be 35 or 40 to be a politician? Everyone has their own start somewhere, why not now for Mark Zuckerberg? He obviously has proved that he is capable of being an innovative leader while creating policies for a corporate organization and adhering to the public's demands all at the same time. Is that not what a politician does? I think that it is great that Mark Zuckerberg is breaking the mold "before his time". I believe that younger leaders should emerge sooner in the political realm, why not?

I do agree with Christopher's comment about Mark Zuckerberg being an innovative leader and pushing for the public's demand, but hearing that he wants to now start up a political group seems like even a task Mark Zuckerberg will need to prove himself on.  Yes, he has delivered before and is a billionaire at a young age.  Heck, he probably knows a lot about politics that we have yet to see.  Regardless, he will once again need to prove himself in wisdom and maturity.  Jumping into America's political circle doesn't seem like a walk in the park, and Zuckerberg will need all of the knowledge he has outside of social media innovation to get him the respect he would need in politics.  Sure, he could very well prove me wrong.  And I won't go to say that he cannot do it, for he has already done what no one had imagined.  All I am saying is that the political arena seems to chew up and spit out those not able very quickly and let's just hope we don't see that happen to him too fast.  The best way I see him handling it would be to slowly gain the momentum over a course of years so that potentially in 8-12 years he has a spable platform and campaign, a large following, and the policies to gain a crowd. He will need to earn the respect from already well known politicians and use all the help he can get to provide him with knowledge even a CEO of Facebook may not know.