Mark Zuckerberg Critiques ‘The Social Network’

Ever since it was announced that a Facebook movie was imminent, the young entrepreneurs behind the social networking site have been outspoken against it. Mark Zuckerberg, the primary creator of Facebook, is not portrayed in a flattering light in the film so it is not surprising that the normally quiet billionaire has been outspoken against the film.

Recently at a Q and A session for young entrepreneurs Zuckerberg was asked by the moderator what he thought of David Fincher’s The Social Network. Of course he is quick to point out that the details in the film that make him seem most like an asshole are untrue. He claims that Facebook was not created out of revenge and that the Erica Allbright character in the film does not exist. However, a fact check by /Film suggests otherwise.

What is most interesting about this video clip is how neurotic and cocky Zuckerberg appears to be. Jessie Eisenberg nails all of the subtle character traits of the real Zuckerberg in his performance in The Social Network. In the film Eisenberg never really looks at anyone, instead he seems to look through them with his eyes suspiciously darting around the room. Zuckerberg appears to have the same characteristic as he never appears to focus on one area of the audience. Throughout the brief clip, Zuckerberg seems remarkably nervous and his answer comes off sounding like the line from Aaron Sorkin’s script:

I think if your clients want to sit on my shoulders and call themselves tall, they have the right to give it a try – but there’s no requirement that I enjoy sitting here listening to people lie. You have part of my attention – you have the minimum amount. The rest of my attention is back at the offices of Facebook, where my colleagues and I are doing things that no one in this room, including and especially your clients, are intellectually or creatively capable of doing…Did I adequately answer your condescending question?

[Source: Movieline]

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  • Andrew R.

    He just failed at trying to convince me. 10 bucks that the twins are douchebags in real life too.

  • If someone watched The Social Network and thought to themselves “yep, that’s exactly what happened” they’re most likely not the sort of people breath need be wasted on. I thought it was a captivating retelling of what is most likely a very boring string of events with lots of waiting around in between a few interesting ones.

  • Angel E.

    I think he makes a very compelling argument. Obviously its not going to be 100% true. Look at Titanic, growing up as a kid i took it as if Jack and Rose we’re really real.

    In The Social Network, they added the character Erica Albright, now it fits in really well, but i took it as she wasn’t real, just added. Which in the end was.

    I don’t take Mark Zuckerberg as an asshole, in the movie or real life. The guys is just really smart in his field of work. If it wasn’t for Facebook, this guy was going to be somebody no matter what. Yes, HarvardConnection is truly similar to what TheFacebook was, but like it’s said in the movie “If you guys [the doucebag twins] we’re the inventors of Facebook, you would’ve invented Facebook”
    Keep in mind these guys went to Harvard.

    The fact that Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t like the film is pretty much because everyone in the world, if they have a movie about them, and have no control, 9.9 times out of 10, your not going to like it. If he we’re really an asshole, don’t people think he would be out there more often? The movie made him a bigger star than he wanted to be.

    Awesome movie. 10/10

  • nat

    i think he is doing the only thing he can in a situation like this, defend himself. I mean the social network basically told the world his a monster, i mean look at from his perspective.

  • I didn’t get the sense that Mark Zuckerberg was really an asshole from the way he was portrayed in the film. Jealous, yes. Perturbed, yes. He is misguided and socially awkward, which made it seem like he did not genuinely try to hurt other people.

    I also think that his defense in the video that he made Facebook because he genuinely likes to build things is bullshit. Every major innovation is spurred by some sort of social pressure and I’m sure that even if it wasn’t a particular girl, it had to have been the social atmosphere of college that spurred the creation of Facebook.

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