Belfast Telegraph

Social Networking not for Eisenberg

Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake and Andrew Garfield have premiered The Social Network, just hours after Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg made a rare public appearance on Oprah.

The film, directed by David Fincher, tells the story of how Zuckerberg, played by Jesse, allegedly came up with the idea for Facebook with twins Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss while studying at Harvard University - but went on to make billions from the idea himself.

Jesse revealed on the red carpet at the New York Film Festival that he doesn't have a Facebook page, saying: "As you can imagine, I do interviews, and I don't want to go home and write more about myself online."

The film portrays Zuckerberg as a scheming, back-stabbing outsider, motivated by romantic rejection and exclusion from the elite fraternities at Harvard University.

The 26-year-old billionaire, who rarely gives interviews, appeared at home on The Oprah Winfrey Show, showing he lived in a modest, suburban rented house and appeared happy as he kissed his girlfriend Priscilla Chan.

He said of the film: "It's a movie, it's fun, a lot of it's fiction. I promise you this is my life. The last six years have been a lot of hard work, but maybe it would be fun to remember it as partying."

But Cameron Winklevoss, 29, said after seeing the film at the premiere: "The film is non-fiction. Mark Zuckerberg seems to be the only person in the world capable of commenting on the veracity of a film he has not seen. 'Clairvoyant' should be added to his business card."

In 2004, the Winklevoss twins sued Zuckerberg for allegedly stealing the computer code from a ConnectU, a Harvard-based social network they'd hired him to launch. Zuckerberg reportedly paid the twins 65 million dollars to settle the case.


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