On September 24, 2010 Mark Zuckerberg announced that he would be donating 100 million dollars to the Neward Public School system. Also this week, The Social Network, a David Fincher film originally based on the novel, The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich, will be released in theatres. Could this be a coincidence? I think not.
The timing of this generous gift is quite questionable as The Social Network is the story of how Facebook came to be, as told by Zuckerberg’s former best friend Eduordo Saverin. The movie sheds a different light on the story of Facebook, portraying Zuckerberg as selfish, uncaring and in some instances almost insane.
Since the announcement that the original novel The Accidental Billionaires would be turned into a full length feature Hollywood film, Zuckerberg has been actively attempting to get the movie shut down. Is Zuckerberg afraid of the truth? Are there skeletons in the closet regarding how exactly Facebook was created that he does not want the world to know?
Well if this is not the case then why did Zuckerberg decide to announce he would make the largest charitable donation of his life, the exact same week that this movie he does not want to exist, is released?
It appears as though Zuckerberg is not entirely content with what information about himself as well as Facebook will be shown in the film. His solution; going on the offensive, attempting to make a positive splash for himself in the media.
The film, The Social Network opens this Friday and is sure to be 2 hours well spent.
What will be the outcome of this film? Will it hurt Facebook’s status within society in any way? I think not. Regardless of what is seen in the film, Facebook has become an integral part of the 500 million plus users lives and will not be going anywhere anytime soon.