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Zuckerberg ‘Hurt’ By 'The Social Network'

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In a recent Q&A session, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg broke his silence on the impact of David Fincher’s feature length film on the birth of Facebook. When asked how accurate The Social Network was, he gave an honest answer that many did not expect.
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“I haven’t spent a lot of time thinking about this in a while. I kinda blocked that one out. It was a very interesting experience to watch a movie that was supposedly about my life. The reality is that writing code and building a product is not a glamorous enough thing to make a movie about. A lot of the stuff they probably had to embellish and make up. If they were really making a movie, it would've just been me at a computer coding for two hours straight. And these people want to make money.

"I haven’t met the writer of the movie. I met [Jesse Eisenberg] once. They went out of their way in the movie to try to get some interesting details correct like design of office, but with overarching plot about why we’re building Facebook or how we did it, they jus kind of made up a bunch of stuff that I found kind of hurtful. I take our mission really seriously. We’re here not just to build a company, but to help connect the world and help people connect to people they love. The thing that I found most interesting about the movie was that they made up this plotline about how I decided to create Facebook to attract girls.

"One important piece of context is the woman I’m married to who I’ve been dating for ten years, I was dating her before starting Facebook. If somehow I was trying to create Facebook to find more women, that probably wouldn't have gone over well in my relationship. There were glaring things made up about the movie that made it hard for me to take seriously. But we had fun with it. We knew everyone at Facebook was gonna want to see it. So we actually took the whole company to go see it the day it came out.”
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The movie was released in 2010 after David Fincher spotted an opportunity in the market to create a film on social media, but it was also a biopic about Mark Zuckerberg and the route he took when building what is now the most popular social media platform. 

Zuckerberg emphasises the trouble with Hollywood adaptions of real-life events, and this can harm the education of millions who prefer to take movies as face value. With that said, Zuckerberg agreed that the film should be made and took the whole office to see it, and after all it is a piece of entertainment, designed to not only please an audience, but also to make money. The fact that Fincher cast the same actor to play both Winklevoss twins says it all really.


Alex is an English Literature and Sociology undergraduate whose love for written word has led him to write about some obscure topics in his time. Currently a content writer at Social Media Frontiers, be sure to follow him @AlexSatSMF.

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Zuckerberg ‘Hurt’ By 'The Social Network' Reviewed by Alex Smith on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 Rating: 5
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