Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has apologized for comments he made about transgender teens on social media, saying he didn’t mean to “embarrass” the company.
I was just not clear.
I’m sorry for being so judgmental,” Zuckerberg said in a video posted on Facebook on Friday.
Zuckerberg also said he had never thought about transgender people as “a separate group, and I’ve been very clear on that,” adding, “I’m very sorry if that offended anyone.”
Zuckerburg’s apology came after he was slammed for comments about transgender teenagers in a recent interview with The New York Times.
“When I was 15, I saw this little girl on the bus and she was a girl,” Zuckerberg told the newspaper.
“And I thought, this is a little girl.
And she was beautiful.
And I thought that maybe she could have the same experience that I had, so I asked her what she thought.
And my immediate response was, I thought it was a little boy.
And then I was shocked.
So, I just wanted to say, ‘Hey, what do you think?’
And she said, ‘No, I’m a girl.'”
Zuckerber later said in the interview that he “wasn’t aware” of the controversy.
“I was just reading about it, and it struck me that this wasn’t something I should have said,” he told the Times.
The CEO has been a staunch supporter of same-sex marriage and has recently expressed support for LGBT rights in the U.S.
The comments about LGBT youth came as the company announced that it will allow users to share photos of their own children and grandchildren.
Zuckerberg has been vocal in his support of the LGBTQ community in recent years, with him publicly speaking out against hate crimes against transgender people in 2015.
“As someone who was born this way, I am very grateful to the millions of people around the world who have come out as gay or lesbian or bisexual or transgender, and who have fought against the persecution of those who were forced to live as they are,” Zuckerberg wrote in a 2015 essay published by the Guardian newspaper.
Zimmerberg has also been a vocal supporter of the transgender community, calling transgender people “brave, brave, brave people.”
He has previously been criticized for his support for the LGBTQIA+ community, which has been under attack in recent weeks, as well as his support to President Donald Trump.
The announcement that Facebook will allow people to share their own photographs of their children and their grandchildren was a surprise to some.
Facebook is a major player in the social media space, where it sells ads and owns Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.
Zuckerberg and his team have been vocal advocates of social media companies’ policies to allow users the ability to share personal photos with others.
In a statement on Thursday, Facebook said it would allow people who had created a photo of their child to share it with their friends, and that it was “working to ensure that people’s children are protected from harmful online content.”