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Thursday 20 July 2017
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Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Visits F-150 Assembly Line

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Visits F-150 Assembly Line

Anyone can look good on Facebook. But what about in person? Well, Mark Zuckerberg himself let Ford be the judge of that.

The Facebook founder took a very special trip to help build an F-150 at Ford’s Dearborn plant in Michigan this week. (Wish we could have been there to see this odd mix of interweb relations and trucks.)

Mark Zuckerberg visits Ford

The trip is part of Zuckerberg’s goal to travel to every state on his self-imposed “Year of Travel Challenge.”  He wants to meet with people and chat about future mobility, which is what brought him to Ford. He toured a plant, got up close and personal with the F-150,  and talked to workers about their jobs.

“Working on the line at an assembly plant is physically hard. You’re essentially walking on a treadmill for 10 hours a day,” notes Zuckerberg. “Every 52 seconds, you have to go through your set of tasks — 650 times a day.”

Bill Ford and Mark Zuckerberg Ford

Bill Ford and Mark Zuckerberg

Workers explained the real challenge is not the task itself, but in staying focused to do the same thing over and over without messing up or zoning out.

He also took the opportunity to sign the inspection stickers of one of the trucks. “You’re welcome, future Ford owner.”

Zuckerberg also checked out company prototypes at Ford’s Product Development Center, and rode in a Ford Fusion Hybrid autonomous research vehicle.

Mark Zuckerberg visits Ford

Photo Credit: Ford