MENLO PARK (CBS SF) — A new round of celebrities turned up for a chance to ask Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg anything during a question & answer session on the social networking site Tuesday.
Zuckerberg answered a wide-range of questions about his work life, Oculus Rift and Facebook’s real name policy.
The last session in April featured Shakira and Richard Branson. This time, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Arianna Huffington and Stephen Hawking took turns asking questions.
Zuckerberg said he stays in shape by working at least three times a week and taking his dog running whenever he can, “which has the added bonus of being hilarious because that basically like seeing a mop run.”
“And no, the machines don’t win,” he added, with a smiley face emoticon.
Stephen Hawking asked, “Which of the big questions in science would you like to know the answer to and why?”
“I’m most interested in questions about people,” Zuckerberg replied, and “about whether there is a fundamental mathematical law underlying human social relationships that governs the balance of who and what we all care about. I bet there is.”
Arianna Huffington posed a question on the future Facebook has in the digital publishing industry, especially for news organizations.
Perhaps the favorite question and answer came from Aakash Chaudhary who asked, “how will you react if you woke up next morning and there is no facebook?” to which Zuckerberg replied, “I’d build it :)”
Meanwhile Buzzfeed Reporter Alex Kantrowitz asked Zuckerberg about Facebook’s real name policy.
“You made a tool to let everyone put rainbow flags over their profile pictures, but you also insist on having people use their real names on Facebook,” Kantrowitz wrote. “Many people in the trans community consider this discriminatory and even argue it puts their lives at risk. Are you going to end the practice?”
Zuckerberg delivered a lengthy response defending the real name policy in the name of keeping people safe, and making it easier for people to find others on the social networking site.
He also said there is some confusion about what Facebook’s policy actually is.
“If your friends all call you by a nickname and you want to use that name on Facebook, you should be able to do that,” Zuckerberg said. “In this way, we should be able to support everyone using their own real names, including everyone in the transgender community.”
You can read all of the questions here.