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October 21, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Mark Zuckerberg has claimed that The Social Network presents a gross distortion of what actually occurred at the time of Facebook’s origins. Speaking to Stanford University’s Y Combinator startup school on October 16 — and reported Wednesday in the Hollywood Reporter — Zuckerberg said that the writers gave the story a Hollywood spin. “Kind of the way that it starts is I’m with this girl (who doesn’t exist in real life) who dumps me (which has happened in real life, a lot). And basically they frame it as if the whole reason for making Facebook or building something is that I wanted to get girls or wanted to get into some kind of social institution,” Zuckerberg said, insisting that none of that scenario existed in real life. “It’s such a big disconnect that the people who make movies think of what people in Silicon Valley do building stuff. They just can’t wrap their head around [the idea] that someone might build something because they like building things.”