Mark Zuckerberg has admitted to attending a screening of The Social Network. At a start-up conference over the weekend, Zuckerberg talked about the accuracy of the David Fincher-directed film: “It’s interesting what stuff they focused on getting right; like, every single shirt and fleece that I had in that movie is actually a shirt or fleece that I own” Zuckerberg remarked.
Zuckerberg’s also not shy about his criticisms of the film. “I think it’s just such a big disconnect from the way that the people who make movies think about what we do in Silicon Valley,” he said.
“They just can’t wrap their head around the idea that someone might build something because they like building things.” One of the larger details that Zuckerberg says the Aaron Sorkin penned film got wrong was his supposed break-up that, in the movie, triggers the creation of Facebook precursor facemash.com:
"The thing that I think is most thematically interesting that they got wrong is the whole framing of the movie. The way that it starts is that 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 and building something was because I wanted to get girls or I wanted to get into some sort of social institution. The reality for people who know me is I’ve actually been dating the same girl since before I started Facebook, so obviously that’s not a part of it."