Facebook's Town Hall sessions are designed to put founder Mark Zuckerberg front and center to answer any questions thrown at him in an open and honest way.
So, when someone asked what he thought of the 2010 Oscar-nominated film based on the creation of Facebook, The Social Network, he kept it real:
Wow, I haven't spent a lot of time thinking about that movie in a while. I kinda blocked that one out. It was a very interesting experience to watch a movie that was supposedly about my life ... supposedly. I think the reality is that writing code and building a product and then building a company actually is not a glamorous enough thing to make a movie about. So you can imagine that a lot of the stuff they probably had to embellish and make up. If they were really making a movie, it would have been of me, sitting at a computer coding for two hours straight, which probably would have just not been that good of a movie and these guys, I think, want to win awards and sell tickets.
He also took issue with the notion that he created Facebook just to make a ton of money -- which he has, incidentally:
They went out of their way in the movie to try to get some interesting details correct, like the design of the office, but on the overarching plot, in terms of why we're building Facebook to help connect the world, or how we did it, they just kind of made up a bunch of stuff that I found kind of hurtful. I take our mission really seriously, and we're here not primarily to just build a company, but to help connect the world.
He also wants you to know that he didn't build Facebook to get women:
The thing that I found the most interesting about the movie, was that they kind of made up this whole plot line about how I somehow decided to create Facebook to I think, attract girls. ... One important piece of context is, the woman who I'm married to, who I've been dating for more than 10 years, I've known for more than 10 years, I was actually dating her before I even started Facebook. If somehow I was trying to create Facebook to find more women, that probably would not have gone over too well in my relationship, and I probably would not still be married to her today.
Oh, and one more thing. Mark can't even be bothered to remember Jesse Eisenberg's name. Ooooooh -- burn!:
To this day, I haven't met the writer or a lot of the folks who made the movie. I met the guy who played me in the movie one time when I was on Saturday Night Live. I think he was a little afraid to meet me after his portrayal, but I tried to be nice.
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Mark Zuckerberg's take on 'Social Network': It was 'hurtful' and fabricated
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