We got our hands on an early draft of Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan’s letter to their daughter. Check it out below.
Like all parents, we want you to grow up in a world that is better than ours today. So we’re donating 99% of our Facebook shares to charity. Right now, that’s about $45 billion.
We’re not giving a blanket sum to charity; we’re giving shares. That means the better Facebook does, and the more popular it is, the more money charity gets.
So, let’s all just think about that when we’re considering leaving Facebook. Because now, when you quit Facebook, you’re stealing from charity.
Oh, what’s that? You’re leaving Facebook because your parents are too into it? Well, would you stop donating to UNICEF because your parents donated too much?
If advertisers collected your information every time you donated to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, would you say, “Shut down the research hospital that helps sick kids; it’s so invasive and creepy!”? Of course not. You’d put up with the resulting personal ads, and maybe even realize that sometimes they’re helpful because you could actually use a sweatshirt with your last name on it.
People quit Facebook because SnapChat and other new social media is more fun. Well, SnapChat’s more fun than donating blood, but we’re not going to stop doing that. Just like we’re not gonna stop using Facebook.
Others quit because reading masturbatory status after status takes a tole on your self-esteem. Well, you know what else is pretty damn masturbatory? Thinking your precious ego is more important than funding The Boys and Girls Club of America.
I mean, do you feel bad about yourself when you donate money to underprivileged youth? Because that’s what you’re doing every time you “like” your high school enemy’s baby photos. That’s what you’re doing every time you comment “congrats!” on a coworker’s vague status that indicates some sort of accomplishment. And that’s what you’re doing every time you share your cousin’s husband’s photos of his adult karate match.
Remember everyone, if Facebook becomes irrelevant, charity loses $45 billion. However if Facebook becomes twice as relevant, we’re talking about $90 billion. And three times as relevant … well, you can do the math.
Oh, right, this was a letter to my baby. I got a little caught up in the other people who are gonna read this. …um… let’s see. Good baby! Love you!
Mom and Dad