MENLO PARK- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has dismissed the rumors about his wish to run for president of the United States.

“I’m focused on building our community at Facebook and working on the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative,” the 32-year-old billionaire told Buzzfeed News, adding that he would be old enough to stand for president in 2020.

Speculation that Zuckerberg might run for president was fuelled when he made political comments and announced a tour of US states in the start of this year.

In April 2016, Fortune reported that Facebook had agreed changes to its company structure that would allow Mr Zuckerberg to stand in an election.

He recently also softened his approach to religion, describing it as “very important”, in a Christmas post.

Mr. Zuckerberg had previously described himself as an atheist, which might have limited his appeal with some US citizens. But his views changed after he met the Pope last month.

In January, he announced a “personal challenge” to visit and speak to people in every US state, including 30 he had not visited before.