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Mark Zuckerberg Said He Won't Step Down As CEO Of Facebook, For Now

The face of Facebook doesn't plan on deleting his mug from the billion-dollar company's top spot anytime soon. Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder and controlling shareholder of Facebook, said he doesn't plan on stepping down, at least now. That's despite what board chairmen and investors call for the multi-billionaire to do.

Zuckerberg said," that's not the plan," on a CNN interview, nor does he plan on cutting ties with his chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, a longtime confidant who Zuckerberg credits directing most of the company's newfound efforts.

“She has been an important partner for me for 10 years,” Zuckerberg said on the CNN interview Tuesday. “And, you know, I am really proud of the work we have done together and hope we work together for decades more to come.”

The company gained momentum, and controversy, on a worldwide scale that even the forward-thinking Zuckerberg couldn't have comprehended. The 2016 U.S. presidential election played a large part in that, with allegations of fake news, Russian collusion and Facebook's alleged strongarming of the conservative right.

Zuckerberg said the company didn't pick up on Russia's propaganda infusion during the 2016 election, but he said Facebook has worked to curb any future collusions and strengthen its capacities to head off these fronts moving forward.

“Anyone who wants to say that upon learning about this, we haven’t been very focused on trying to both address it and also that we have — I think anyone who says that we haven’t made a lot of progress, I just think that that’s not right,” Zuckerberg said.

When asked about comments Donald Trump made in 2015 about Muslim immigrants as a threat to America, and the fact Facebook didn't make a move to delete them, Zuckerberg said the company didn't think it was their part to infringe upon free speech of Americans — nor inflame the right-wing party.

When CNN reporter Laurie Segall asked Zuckerberg how he plans to restore public trust among users and investors, Zuckerberg said it's a fluid situation in a world with two billion free thinkers logging their thoughts.

“A lot of the criticism around the biggest issues has been fair, but I do think that if we’re going to be real, there is this bigger picture as well, which is that we have a different world view than some of the folks who are covering this,” said Zuckerberg.

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