Just as Facebook swept the nation, so has the film about its creation, 'The Social Network.' Now the big question is, how much of the film is factual? We know it's based on true events and the primary characters are all real people, but is this really an accurate portrayal of the man behind it all, Mark Zuckerberg? The crowd at Stanford University's Startup School was certainly curious and Mark Zuckerberg himself has no problem addressing the issue.

When the question first came up, Zuckerberg joked, "Where do you want to start?" He didn't seem particularly concerned about the misrepresented items, but did point out, "The thing that I think is actually most thematically interesting that they got wrong is the whole framing of the movie." He added, "They frame it as if the whole reason for making Facebook and building something was because I wanted to get girls." Funny thing is, Zuckerberg has been seeing the same girl since before he even created the site. More importantly, Zuckerberg took a jab at the movie industry, "They just can't wrap their head around the idea that someone might build something because they like building things."

As for what the film got right, Zuckerberg got a laugh out of how accurately his wardrobe was represented. "It's interesting what stuff they focused on getting right," Zuckerberg began. "Every single shirt and fleece that I had in that movie is actually a shirt or fleece that I own."
All joking aside, the Facebook lawsuit may be over and done with, but thanks to 'The Social Network' and its popularity amongst critics and the public, the issue will likely still be debated for quite some time. The San Francisco Chronicle recently posted a piece about how back in 2004, Zuckerberg maliciously broke into the Winklesvosses' site, ConnectU, and exploited faulty code. There was even tons of skepticism when Zuckerberg first announced his plan to donate $100 million to the Newark school system. The Washington Post went as far to include Zuckerberg in a story about how billionaires are hurting public education with their massive donations.

On top of all the movie hype, Facebook is more of an integral part of a person's life than ever and is continuing to grow even stronger. Zuckerberg will likely be fielding 'The Social Network' accuracy questions for quite a while and will be praised and scrutinized in the spotlight for much longer and, considering the guy shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon, that'll probably be the case for most of his life. For now, take a look at Zuckerberg's appearance on Startup School below. The entire session is pretty interesting, but if you want to get straight to 'The Social Network' portion, skip ahead to the 5:18 mark.

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The Social Network
PG-13 2010
Based on 42 critics

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