Mark Zuckerberg holds live discussion at KU

LAWRENCE, Kan. (KWCH) The founder of Facebook Friday was welcomed to the University of Kansas. The stop was Mark Zuckerberg's last on his lift after a year of touring the country.

Cropped Photo: Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook

Inside KU's Lied Center, Zuckerberg talked with a smal group of students and staff about a wide range of topics from ways to improve communities to plans to increase Facebook's security.

Wichita native and KU student Kasi Ross was one of five students invited to Friday's listening session with Zuckerberg. An all, no more than a few dozen people attended.

Ross says Zuckerberg's speech about building strong communitieis stood out to him the most.

"It was something that motivated me to want to do more in my community because the big thing I took from the event was that we have to build our communities up and we can't wait from someone else to do that," Ross says.

At KU Friday, Zuckerberg also spoke about Russia's use of Facebook in an attempt to influence the 2016 election. He says the site is working on doubling its security team from 5,000 to 10,000 employees.

"What they did is wrong and it's our responsibility to prevent them and anyone else from doing this in the future," Zuckerberg says.

KU student Miranda Clark says she left Friday's discussion more educated about issues affecting the nation.

"(Zuckerberg) pays attention a lot more than what I anticipated to the average life of Americans and how he can improve that through Facebook," she says.

Clark says Zuickerberg's message came with a positive outlook, using the word "optimistic" and discussing how optimistic people of the world are going to make a difference.


Mark Zuckerberg will be at The University of Kansas on Friday. The Facebook founder posted about his upcoming visit to his own page on Wednesday.

Zuckerberg was in Oklahoma on the last trip of his "Year of Travel" challenge when he mentioned coming to the Sunflower State.

Zuckerberg said he would be here to do a live discussion about what he learned this year.

While in Oklahoma, Zuckerberg said he visited a wind farm outside the town of Duncan. He also addressed the state's recent earthquakes "which they believe are from fracking."

"It's clear that wind and renewables are the future -- both economically and environmentally. That's why we power every new data center we've built at Facebook with 100% renewable energy, with a lot coming from wind," said Zuckerberg in his post. "Places like Oklahoma are showing that what's good for the environment can also be good for the economy."

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