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Mark Zuckerberg and his wife are having another baby girl

The Facebook CEO says he and his wife, Priscilla Chan, can't wait to "raise another strong woman."

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Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan are expecting baby No. 2.

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Facebook's first family is growing.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday that he and wife Priscilla Chan are expecting another baby girl. Their first child, Max, was born in late 2015.

Zuckerberg, 32, said in a Facebook post that when he found out his wife was pregnant, he hoped it would be a girl. His announcement came with an ode to all the women who influence both Chan and him.

"We are all better people because of the the strong women in our lives -- sisters, mothers and friends. We can't wait to welcome our new little one and do our best to raise another strong woman," he wrote.

The news comes a day after International Women's Day, when several Silicon Valley companies gave shows of support for women's rights. For example, Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's COO, interviewed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about empowering women and girls.

Zuckerberg is no stranger to the spotlight. As the founder of a website with almost 2 billion users, he's used the service to post about Max's first steps, chronicle his travels around the country and show off personal projects, like a smart home assistant named Jarvis.

When he used his Facebook page to announce Max's birth in 2015, he and Chan also pledged to give away 99 percent of their wealth over the course of their lifetimes. To do that, they set up a philanthropic organization called the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, which has since announced goals of curing all diseases in Max's lifetime and pushing for personalized learning in schools.

Zuckerberg has also been candid about their efforts to start a family. Max was born after Chan had three miscarriages, so Zuckerberg said on Thursday that his first reaction was to hope the baby was healthy.

"After our difficult experience having Max, we weren't sure what to expect or whether we'd be able to have another child," he wrote. "I cannot think of a greater gift than having a sister and I'm so happy Max and our new child will have each other."

Zuckerberg has said in the past that he's still unsure of how to handle raising a child in the internet age. Last year, he said he doesn't know when he'll let Max begin to go online.

The state of the internet -- and specifically Facebook itself -- is something Zuckerberg has been thinking about a lot lately. His social network has been accused of helping spread misinformation and division in the wake of the US election in November. Last month, Zuckerberg posted an almost 6,000-word manifesto on the future of Facebook and its role in the world. In it, he talks about creating a "social infrastructure" that will do things like foster more civic engagement and build safer communities.

First published March 9, 10:48 a.m. PT.
Update, 12:02 p.m.: Adds more context throughout.

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