Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan opened the doors of their cozy California home in their first joint interview, where the Facebook CEO revealed he ‘welcomes’ regulation, as long as his company doesn’t have to break up.
The Zuckerberg’s welcomed CBS This Morning cameras into their home to discuss how they keep their relationship strong with weekly date night where no work talk is allowed and how they raise their two daughters Maxima, four, and August, two, by giving them chores and taking them to the office.
The Facebook CEO showed off his soft side while baking along with his children in his $7million Palo Alto home.
In the interview with CBS host Gayle King Zuckerberg revealed he’s open to regulation for his company, which is currently at the center of a federal antitrust probe, but warned ‘breaking up Facebook isn’t going to address the issue of political discourse’.
Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan sat down for their first joint interview on CBS This Morning on Tuesday, opening the doors of their Palo Alto home to speak on their work and family life
Power couple: Zuckerberg and Chan revealed their keep their relationship strong with weekly date night where no work talk is allowed
The couple baked with their two young daughters Maxima, four and August, two, revealing they give the girls chores and often take them to the office with them
King asked Chan how she handles the frenzy around Facebook while managing being a supportive wife and mother.
‘I think it’s hard. Like, the way your gut feels when your best friend comes home and it’s like “Hard day. Not sure what needs to come next”. Or waking up and night and being like he’s still not in bed,’ Chan said.
‘I also see that we’re still so fortunate. The touchstone of our family and ours kids and just knowing that we’re okay,’ she added.
The couple revealed the try to raise their children with discipline and teach them the value of hard work.
‘How do you raise children when you can really give them anything materially to be grounded?’ King asked.
‘First of all, we don’t give them everything. So I think that that’s an important piece. But they also just have responsibilities,’ Zuckerberg replied.
The couple said they give their children chores and take them to work with them.
‘We also take them to work. Mark and I take both of them to work, to the office, to see sort of what we do, how we contribute,’ Chan said.
‘First of all, we don’t give them everything. So I think that that’s an important piece. But they also just have responsibilities,’ Zuckerberg said on raising his kids
Chan opened up about dealing with Facebook’s numerous controversies. ‘I think it’s hard. Like, the way your gut feels when your best friend comes home and it’s like “Hard day. Not sure what needs to come next”. Or waking up and night and being like he’s still not in bed,’ she said
Facebook has been hit with a slew of controversies over user privacy, political manipulation in the 2016 presidential election, spreading fake news and an antitrust investigation by the Federal Trade Commission into its dominance of the social media market.
There are also concerns over whether Facebook is too large and influential for its own good as lawmakers debate over regulating the company and breaking it up.
Zuckerberg revealed he’s open to regulation, but doesn’t want his company to be split up.
When asked if one person should wield as much power and influence as he does at the helm of Facebook, he replied no.
‘I think the basic answer to what you’re saying is no. Private companies should not be in the position of making so many important decisions balancing different social values we all care about. The real answer is for there to be regulation,’ he said.
‘There are real issues. A lot of people are upset and are talking about measures like breaking up the company that aren’t going to fix these issues – breaking up Facebook isn’t going to address the issue of political discourse,’ he added.
The Facebook founder, 35, met his wife, 34, in 2003 in line for the bathroom at a frat party while they were both undergrads at Harvard University. The couple tied the knot in May 2012.
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Facebook has said it does not want to take down political ads, even if some of them include false information. Zuckerberg defended this stance in the name of democracy.
‘What I believe is that in a democracy it’s really important that people can see for themselves what people are saying,’ he said.
‘I think people should be able to judge for themselves the character of politicians.’
Despite Facebook’s many challenges, the couple reveal they do their best to separate work from home.
‘I mean, work comes home. We care deeply about our work. And so we don’t leave it at the door. But we are super careful about thinking about, ‘Is this the moment to talk about it,’ Chan said.
To keep their relationship strong the couple go on weekly date nights, which was Zuckerberg’s idea, where work talk is banned.
The couple’s lavish home in Palo Alto, California pictured above. He reportedly bought back in 2011 for $7million
An inside view of Zuckerberg’s spacious California home pictured above, located just 10 minutes from the Facebook office in Menlo Park
Together they started the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative four years ago which funds advancements in medical science and other fields. They’ve given the initiative 99 percent of their wealth, mostly in Facebook stock, worth about $45billion at the start of the launch.
The Facebook founder, 35, met his wife, 34, in 2003 in line for the bathroom at a frat party while they were both undergrads at Harvard University. Zuckerberg’s frat Alpha Epsilon Pi was hosting party and Chan, a sophomore at the time, attended the party.
The couple tied the knot in May 2012.
Chan revealed she never imagined her life would change so drastically with the launch of Facebook.
‘No one in their wildest dreams would imagine that this is what would happen after that. It was just an– it was his next project,’ Chan said.
Zuckerberg has credited Facebook’s success to Chan’s influence as a doctor and a teacher.
‘You run things by her? You seek out her advice?’ King asked.
‘Yeah, but I think– but we also just talk about our philosophy on life,’ Zuckerberg said. ‘And then that ends up, you know, having a lot of effects on, you know, how I think about building my team at Facebook and the values with which we run the organization.’