Photo: Carlo Nicora
The hit movie about Facebook’s founding, The Social Network, is an act of cold-blooded revenge meant to make Mark Zuckerberg look bad.The movie is based on a book that was sourced to an ineffective cofounder Facebook Mark Zuckerberg booted from the company.
I went on G4’s Attack of the Show last night to discuss the fact.
At the end of the show, they asked me: Will this movie damage Mark and Facebook’s reputation in the long run?
The answer, I realised, is no.
In fact, the movie does Mark a huge favour.
First, it immortalises him in an Oscar-worthy film that makes him this generation’s Bud Fox. Then, the movie leaves out Mark’s true sins from back when he was 19…
- The time he broke into a Facebook user’s private, non-Facebook email account using that users Facebook data.
- The time he hacked into a Facebook-rival’s servers and deactivated user accounts.
We imagine those indiscretions would have disturbed movie-audiences way more than Mark’s hardball tactics against Eduardo Saverin – a cofounder who couldn’t be bothered to move to the same coast as the Facebook’s HQ and ended up a billionaire anyway.
Here’s the segment from G4: