Surprise, surprise. Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, has claimed the new film about his life, The Social Network, is inaccurate.
Zuckerberg told a crowd at Stanford University on Saturday that the suggestion he founded the social networking site for money and to get girls was untrue. He claimed that the guys in Hollywood “just can’t seem to wrap their heads around the idea that somebody might build something because they like building things.” So the 26-year-old multi-millionaire is only in it for love. Okay, fine.
But apparently the filmmakers didn’t get everything wrong. Zuckerberg went on to say, “It’s interesting what stuff they focused on getting right. Every single shirt and fleece that I had in that movie is actually a shirt or fleece that I own.” (Read about The Social Network: A Pie in the Face for Zuckerberg)
Gawker has claimed Zuckerberg’s “angelic version of Facebook’s birth is hard to square with real life evidence,” pointing to instant messages that show him plotting ruthlessly against his business rivals on campus and evidence Zuckerberg also hacked in to a competing social network. They also took issue with his claim that he had been “dating the same girl since even before Facebook.” Gawker described this as a “documented falsehood.” (Read The Making of the Facebook Movie: A TIME Roundtable )
But whether or not Zuckerberg is an innocent little nerd, or a determined money grabbing business man, NewsFeed still likes the film…and will continue to check Facebook every 40 seconds during work hours.