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Zuckerberg to take 2 months of paternity leave

Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer of Facebook Inc.
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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said Friday he's planning on taking two months of paternity leave when his daughter is born.

He said in a Facebook post that "outcomes are better for children and families" when working parents take time off to be with their newborns. He called the decision "very personal."

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He announced in July that he and wife Priscilla Chan were expecting a baby girl following three miscarriages.

In his post Friday, Zuckerberg said the couple is "starting to get ready" for their daughter's arrival but didn't indicate when she is due.

Facebook, which is based in Menlo Park, California, offers its U.S. employees up to four months of paid parental leave. It's among several high-tech companies that offer generous benefits around childbirth.

Netflix said in August it was giving U.S. workers up to a year of paid leave following the birth or adoption of a child. Adobe Systems and Microsoft bolstered their parental benefits following the move.