Facebook founder denies starting it `to get girls`

Last Updated: Tuesday, December 7, 2010 - 12:41

New York: The founder of popular social networking site `Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, has refuted claims that he started the company in order to "get girls".

The 26-year-old world`s youngest billionaire`s denial came in the wake of a Hollywood movie -- `The Social Network`, which has portrayed him in an unflattering light and suggested he was motivated by having been dumped by a girlfriend.

"It`s pretty interesting to see what parts they got right and what parts they got wrong. I think that they got every single T-shirt that they had Mark Zuckerberg character
wearing right. I think I actually own those T-shirts.

"And they got the sandals right. But I mean, there are hugely basic things that they got wrong, too. They made it seem like my whole motivation for building Facebook was so I
could get girls, right?

"And they completely left out the fact that my girlfriend, I`ve been dating since before I started Facebook," `The Daily Telegraph` online quoted Zuckerberg as telling the
CBS show `60 Minutes` in the US.

The film has also focused heavily on a dispute between Zuckerberg and twin brothers Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss over the genesis of Facebook.

The twins, who attended Harvard with Zuckerberg, reportedly received a US dollars 65 million settlement after claiming he used their idea for a social networking website.

However, Zuckerberg said the movie made it seem like the lawsuit had been "such a huge part of Facebook`s history", but he really spent "less than two weeks of my time worried about this."

Zuckerberg said: "That they would be upset about this all these years later is kind of mind-boggling to me. I mean, after all this time, I feel bad that they still feel bad about
it."

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, December 7, 2010 - 12:41

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