Mark Zuckerberg responded to Donald Trump’s election victory by encouraging people to come together.
In a Facebook
status last night, Zuckerberg used his daughter, Max, as the focal point of his message:
“Last night was Max’s first election. She’s got a lot of election nights ahead of her. Holding Max, I thought about all the work ahead of us to create the world we want for our children,” he wrote.
He continued: “This work is bigger than any presidency and progress does not move in a straight line. The most important opportunities of 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 didn’t publicly support either candidate, unlike some of his employees and fellow Silicon Valley execs. For example, venture capitalist Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal and newly-appointed to Facebook’s board of directors, announced his support for Trump in May. COO Sheryl Sandberg and Alphabet’s Eric Schmidt endorsed Clinton.
“We are all blessed to have the ability to make the world better, and we have the responsibility to do it. Let’s go work even harder,” Zuckerberg wrote at the end of his post.
Other Fortune 500 CEOs have also spoken out about Trump’s win: Starbucks’
Howard Schultz said he was “stunned,” while Apple’s
Tim Cook wrote a letter to his employees to ask they move forward together.