Facebook's founder made two big announcements Tuesday: First, that Mark Zuckerberg his wife Priscilla Chan had welcomed a daughter, Max, and second, that they’d decided to donate 99 percent of their Facebook shares (that’s, uh, $45 billion, by the way) to make the world a better place in honor of her arrival. Zuckerberg shared the news in a Facebook note, outlying the couple’s goals for their donation, which include things like investing in clean energy, health care research that can one day lead to the eradication of major diseases, supporting the growth of personalized education, and helping close the poverty gap. No big deal, right? But, naturally, Twitter has had a lot to say about Zuckerberg's news.
Because, let’s face it, news of little Max’s arrival would have made headlines anyway, but a $45 billion donation to bettering the world on top of that? Pretty sure that makes it the coolest baby announcement to ever exist.
So how has the world reacted to this insane news? Some of the responses have been super cynical, but then again, the Internet is nothing if not a hotbed for trolls. Mostly though, people are totally psyched and impressed and inspired, and are sharing their thoughts online in the best way:
Lucky to live in a world where the founder & CEO of Facebook is an amazing human being. https://t.co/9j0cx0uE4v— Howard Lerman (@howard) December 1, 2015
Talk about festive cheer: Mark Zuckerberg giving $45 BILLION to charity. NO WORDS.— Emma Gannon (@girllostincity) December 2, 2015
What an amazing welcome ... What a blessing from two very inspirational people! https://t.co/XJ6VYurZvN— Poppy Masselos (@poppymasselos) December 2, 2015
Mark #Zuckerberg is doing what we would actually expect from our political leaders: To be a visionary.— Christoph A. Karlo (@chkarlo) December 2, 2015
Shocked at the amount of cynicism directed @ Zuck & Priscilla after pledging to donate 45 FRICKIN' BILLION DOLLARS! Deserves praise, period.— Evan Doll (@edog1203) December 2, 2015
Impressed w/ Mark Zuckerberg & his commitment to build a better society & to help people. Great reminder of purpose in this world.— David Choi (@davidchoimusic) December 2, 2015
And some of them were pretty hilarious, too
Dear Aunt Susie, We love this bib you got for Baby Max! Priscilla and I donated $45 billion to charity, but thanks for the BIB— Jason O. Gilbert (@gilbertjasono) December 1, 2015
Mark Zuckerberg I know you are a new parent but it's way more fun to tell children you are giving away their inheritance when they are teens— GLK (@njlitigator) December 2, 2015
"Why didn't you give away $45 billion when I was born?" - Any future younger siblings of Max Zuckerberg. https://t.co/TJB98M5gUa— Binyamin Appelbaum (@BCAppelbaum) December 1, 2015
Mark Zuckerberg just had a daughter, and what is he doing? Spending time writing notes on Facebook. Honestly, young people today..— Karl Sharro (@KarlreMarks) December 2, 2015
"Ugh, my parents are on Facebook" — Max Zuckerberg— Connor Finnegan (@ConnorFinnegan) December 1, 2015
Now that the announcement has been made, it’ll be interesting to see what happens next. But one thing is certain: Zuckerberg’s plan is pretty inspiring. $45 billion, you guys. $45 billion.
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