Mark Zuckerberg, government servant or politician?

Does Mark Zuckerberg have a future in politics?

The question has been raised before, and it has come up again in light of a Facebook investor lawsuit that has revealed text messages between the company’s CEO and Marc Andreessen, board member.

According to recently released court documents in a lawsuit — which accuses Andreessen of a conflict of interest when the company asked shareholders to vote on a new class of stock earlier this year — Andreessen texted Zuckerberg that the “biggest issue” with the proposal was “how to define the gov’t service thing without freaking out shareholders that you are losing commitment.”

The proposal included a clause that would allow Zuckerberg to serve two years in government “without losing control” of Facebook.

As I wrote then, the filing included the following:

“Moreover, the New Certificate provides that all shares of Class B common stock will automatically convert into Class A common stock on the date that is (i) the third anniversary of the death of Mr. Zuckerberg or a Disability Event, if such Disability Event is continuing as of such anniversary date and (ii) one year following the date of termination of Mr. Zuckerberg as an Approved Executive Officer for Cause (subject to a 60-day cure period) or the Voluntary Resignation of Mr. Zuckerberg as an Approved Executive Officer, provided that Mr. Zuckerberg’s leave of absence or resignation would not constitute a Voluntary Resignation if it were in connection with his serving in a government position or office and if, at the time of such leave or resignation…”

But that was then, this is now.

It’s anyone’s guess what kind of government service Zuckerberg was envisioning, but if it has anything to do with the federal government, it seems unlikely that he would be serving under the incoming presidential administration.

After all, Zuckerberg — who has donated to both Republicans and Democrats — has said “instead of building walls, we can help people build bridges,” in what seemed like a swipe at then-presidential candidate Donald Trump and his immigration stance. The Trump campaign did not have kind things to say about Zuckerberg in return.

However, another Facebook board member, Peter Thiel, is on Trump’s transition team. Thiel, an early Facebook investor whose support for Trump set him apart from most Silicon Valley tech bigwigs during the campaign, is said to be putting together a team of tech-world friends to help out as the president-elect prepares to take office next month. They include Mark Woolway, acting CFO at Zenefits, and Thiel colleagues Kevin Harrington and Jim O’Neill, according to CNN.


Photo: Mark Zuckerberg delivers the keynote address at Facebook’s F8 Developers Conference on April 12, 2016, in San Francisco, Calif. There are hints that the CEO of the social network wants to serve in government. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)


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  • hoapres

    Mark Zuckerberg will be the President of the Republic of California.

    You heard it from me first.

  • Sheila

    Nobody wants him in office. He has done enough damage. He sided with Obama to sensor face-book conversations. And he has blocked messages from conservatives on face book. He wanted Clinton to win the presidency. He is for amnesty and illegals. Putting him in anybodies office would be the worst disaster and mistake the American people can make.