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Facebook’s Zuckerberg calls on citizens to make the world a better place

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has responded to Republican Donald Trump's victory in the U.S. presidential election by calling upon people to find new ways to cooperate to solve the world's most pressing challenges.

The social media pioneer eschewed any reference to either Trump or the losing Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, instead taking his daughter, Max, as a starting point for his heartfelt message.

"Last night was Max's first election. She's got a lot of election nights ahead of her. Holding Max, I thought about all the work ahead of us to create the world we want for our children," the message on his personal Facebook site began.

"This work is bigger than any presidency and progress does not move in a straight line. The most important opportunities of Max's generation -- like curing all disease, improving education, connecting everyone and promoting equal opportunity -- will take long term focus and finding new ways for all of us to work together, sometimes over decades," the post continued.

Two days prior to the U.S. election, Zuckerberg had written another post imploring Americans to vote, saying it was "one of our great responsibilities as citizens in a democracy." He also indicated on the day of the election that he had cast his vote.

In both posts he similarly avoided indicating which party or candidate he was behind. Zuckerberg finished his most recent post, which was added to his page in the late hours of Wednesday, with a strong invocation to readers to make a concerted effort to improve the world.

"We are all blessed to have the ability to make the world better, and we have the responsibility to do it. Let's go work even harder."

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