Facebook is making it harder for men to cheat on their wives, Mark Zuckerberg has said. The founder of the social network says people are using it to find out more about their partners, and uncover any secrets they may be hiding.
The billionaire is currently on a tour of the US which many people believe is motivated by his presidential ambitions. He visited Williston, North Dakota, this week, and took to Facebook to explain how fracking and social media have shaped the dating scene there.
According to Mr Zuckerberg, the invention of new fracking techniques led to thousands of workers – “mostly men” – from around the country moving to Williston and tripling the size of the town.
“When oil prices dropped, some of this industry left and so did many people. This has led to some unique community dynamics,” he said. “First, the ratio of men to women in the city is now 10:1. That’s actually lower than 30:1 at its peak.”
He added that the workers come into town for two weeks at a time, before heading back home – often to another state – for two weeks off and then returning to Williston.
When they’re in Williston, they live in so-called “man camps”, which are essentially six-person cabins with bunk beds.
“The women I met said they feel safe, but they had unique stories,” explained Mr Zuckerberg.
“Some told me about finding out their boyfriends had families back home. (They thanked me that Facebook has made it harder for these men to live double lives.)
“Another woman told me she has never paid for a drink her whole life. However, this disproportion also created problems,” he continued.
“This gender imbalance has led to crime though. It is well-documented across the world that societies with many more men than women have more crime.”
Mark Zuckerberg says his “mission” involves connecting the world, rather than ending infidelity. But his ambitions may soon be reached if, as many people believe, he really is planning to run for President.
By the time he gets around to standing for office, his firm might be able to read people’s minds at 100 words per minute. Which means it would be near impossible to cheat or anything else for that matter.