Chan Zuckerberg Initiative rolls on despite Facebook's problems

CNET | 2/19/2019 | Jon Skillings
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"Frankly there are a lot easier ways to build up PR than trying to tackle education reform or criminal justice reform," Priscilla Chan says.

Priscilla Chan wants to make it clear that Facebook and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative are two different things, despite family ties.

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Chan, a pediatrician and co-founder of the philanthropic initiative with her husband, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. addressed that boundary Tuesday in an interview on CBS This Morning. (Editors' note: That show and CNET are both part of CBS.)

Asked whether 2018 had been a tough year, given the scandals that rocked Facebook, she made a distinction between the two entities.

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"Mark and his team [have] done a great job at Facebook," she said, "but for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative we also want to make sure that we are making good choices and being good stewards of the opportunity."

Asked whether the initiative's good-works projects offer an opportunity to whitewash some of Facebook's problems, she said: "Frankly there are a lot easier ways to build up PR than trying to tackle education reform or criminal justice reform."

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Neither Facebook nor the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative immediately responded to a request for comment.

Chan and Zuckerberg launched the initiative in late 2015, pledging to push for progress in education,...
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