'The Social Network' Tells Facebook's Story in Theaters Today

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There's a ton of hype around The Social Network, and with good reason. The movie tells the story of Facebook and its founder Mark Zuckerberg, who came up with the idea for the social media platform in 2003, but despite attracting 500 million friends, the film shows that the top can be a lonely place to be.

Based on the book 'The Accidental Billionaires' by Ben Mezrich, The Social Network follows Mark as a computer programming whiz at Harvard. Although the social networking pioneer has since made billions (yes, billions), he has also been at the center of many legal battles over the site.

The movie depicts several key players in the creation of Facebook, including Mark's former college friend Eduardo Saverin, who contributed a bunch of seed money for the idea in the beginning. Then there's Napster founder Sean Parker, played by Justin Timberlake, who spread the word about the new venture early on, and helped Mark get the financial backing he needed to take the platform to new heights.

We also see a heated courtroom battle with the Winklevoss twins who sue the Harvard dropout for ownership of Facebook. As the No. 1 social networking medium, which we're so used to using every day, it's hard to imagine that all of this had gone on behind the scenes.
The movie paints Mark as a greedy, self-involved kind of guy, and some have accused his recent philanthropic gesture to be a publicity stunt. The 26-year-old is donating $100 million to the public schools of Newark, NJ, an announcement he made on 'Oprah' on September 24, the same day as the New York premiere of the film.

Watch the trailer for The Social Network below and check out the movie in theaters today. Do you care about how Facebook started? Would you stop using it if you found out its founder was dishonest?



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