Lies The Social Network Told Us

By the end of David Fincher’s The Social Network, you almost feel sorry for Mark Zuckerberg. The film aims to tell a true story about how Facebook became one of the most powerful companies in the world, but Aaron Sorkin’s screenplay takes certain liberties with that truth. It gives Zuckerberg’s story a dramatic scope that—despite painting him as cold and ruthless—also humanizes him, inviting our natural sympathies. And this story has affected how we perceive the real Mark Zuckerberg, with real-world consequences. Here’s our Take on how The Social Network turns Mark Zuckerberg into a character, and what responsibility movies have when it comes to shaping our impressions of real-life people.