Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg, in a post on his own social media site, said he is “no longer an atheist” and that he “now believes religion is very important.”
This statement was in the response to a question in the comment section of a Facebook post where Zuckerberg shared his status as “celebrating Christmas”.
A user asked under the post “But Aren’t You Atheist?”, to which Zuckerberg replied “No. I was raised Jewish and then I went through a period where I questioned things, but now I believe religion is very important.”
Zuckerberg, who has identified as an atheist for years, didn’t elaborate further on his beliefs.
Zuckerberg, in a public letter on the occasion of the birth of his daughter, wrote a letter pledging to donate 99% of his Facebook stock to philanthropic causes. In August on 2016, he and his wife met with Pope Francis to discuss ways to bring communication technology to the world’s poor.