FACEBOOK CEO Mark Zuckerberg has denied his $US100 million donation to schools was a bid to burnish his reputation on the same day as the New York premiere of The Social Network, an unflattering movie about his rise.
Facebook donates ahead of movieFacebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has announced a $US100 million donation to public schools.
Facebook donates ahead of movie
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has announced a $US100 million donation to public schools.
Hints that the gift's announcement was a means of image control for Zuckerberg drew grumbles from all three men.
Zuckerberg contended that “the timing was really driven by the needs of Newark,” and that he would have liked to have made the donation to Newark public schools anonymously.
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Booker said they expected “natural cynicism” about the coincidence and that it took “long hauls” to convince Zuckerberg’s corporate team to make the announcement, adding that any scepticism would be long gone once the funds were actually helping Newark's schools in the future.
Zuckerberg claimed that he had been interested in putting money into education for some time, and while he “admires organizations like Teach For America and charter schools” he thought investing in leaders already committed to reforming public education, like Booker and Christie, would make the “biggest impact.”
Zuckerberg officially announced the partnership with Booker and Christie on the Oprah Winfrey Show. The announcement was supposed to be secret, though details were leaked by The Star Ledger in New Jersey earlier this week.
Winfrey also brought up the timing issue, saying "Some people undoubtedly are going to be criticizing the timing of Mark's announcement because we know that there is an unauthorized movie coming out about Mark and Facebook."
But she went to reiterate that his donation had been in the works for months and he had to be convinced to come on her show.
"You're such a shy person," Winfrey said, according to an ABC News report. "You wanted to remain anonymous and we talked you into coming on here."