Mark Zuckerberg talks 'The Social Network' on 60 minutes
When "The Social Network" hit screens this fall, the media world waited with baited breath to see if the movie would hurt Facebook and its founder Mark Zuckerberg.
The movie, to say the least, did not paint Zuckerberg in the most favorable light. Or, to put it another way: It portrayed him as "an opportunistic, speed-talking, insecure little weasel," Jen Cheney wrote after seeing the film.
It was rumored Zuckerberg took his whole staff to see it, but other than that the chief executive of Facebook did not acknowledge the film's existence. Well, "60 Minutes" finally has Zuckerberg talking about the movie:
"They got every single t-shirt they had the Mark Zuckerberg character wearing right... but there were hugely basic things they got wrong too," he tells 60 Minutes' Lesly Stahl in an interview to be aired on Sunday.
But, as Glen Levy notes at NewsFeed, the real showdown may not be between Zuckerberg and the ghosts of "Social Network" past. It may be between Zuckerberg and interviewer Stahl. Levy recounts their last meeting in 2008:
During the piece, Stahl asked the seemingly innocent question in reference to the Google guys of, "You seem to be replacing Larry and Sergey as the people out here who everyone's talking about." Zuckerberg simply sniffed, paused and blinked. "You're just staring at me," Stahl said. Zuckerberg responded: "Is that a question?"
The clip above, and the odd question about Zuckerberg's love life, shows there may be a round two of awkwardness.
The show airs Sunday at 7 p.m. ET on CBS.
| December 2, 2010; 5:22 PM ET
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