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Mark Zuckerberg tried to torpedo 'The Social Network' movie

Mark Zuckerberg tried to torpedo 'The Social Network' movie
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How would you describe Mark Zuckerberg if someone asked you what kind of guy he was? While I don't know what's going on in the Facebook CEO's head, I do suspect that he wants me to think of him as humble.

Maybe it's the fact that he makes a $1 salary and drives an Acura, or maybe it's the regular-guy clothes that he's wearing almost all of the time. It all sounds like stuff that a humble guy would do, right?

But what if I told you that instead of humbly accepting that building the world's largest social networking sites would attract the attention of artists and filmmakers, Zuckerberg shape-shifted into prima donna mode?

The Sony Pictures hack almost limited one filmmaker's right to exercise his freedom of speech. Emails that came out after the hack, however, reveal that Mark Zuckerberg might have tried to silence the people behind "The Social Network" and its not-entirely-positive depiction of Zuckerberg.

An email sent by Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton revealed that Mark Zuckerberg may have tried to shut down the production of "The Social Network" entirely. The email was discovered by entertainment and tabloid journalists' fascination with the private information released publicly by the hackers who broke into Sony Pictures.

Zuckerberg publicly acknowledged that he didn't think the movie was accurate. He thinks that the film assumes that he made Facebook "because I wanted to get girls, or get into clubs."

Now, I've seen "The Social Network" and I can tell you that the movie is a bit more complex than that. I'm willing to bet that Zuckerberg's reasons for wanting the film shut down are a whole lot simpler.

No matter how humble the 30-year-old Facebook CEO thinks he is, it says a lot that he tried to shut down the production of a movie delving into his personal life for once.

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