The 10 Most Glaring Lies In “The Social Network”

David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin’s new film about the founding of Facebook, The Social Network, is an entertaining movie that anybody who cares about power, business, and the human need to matter should go see right now.It’s also fiction.

We’ve done a lot of reporting on Facebook – we’ve even read some of Mark Zuckerberg’s instant message conversations from the era of the company’s founding – so when we watched The Social Network it was hard not to keep track of the inaccuracies.

The movie starts with a falsehood: that Mark Zuckerberg never rowed crew. Actually he did, back at Exeter, the super elite boarding school he went to.

The movie starts with a falsehood: that Mark Zuckerberg never rowed crew. Actually he did, back at Exeter, the super elite boarding school he went to.

The movie Zuckerberg calls Facebook cofounder Dustin Moscovitz (center) a “programmer.” Dustin was actually an operations guy who struggled to learn code. (He’s also not an idiot, as he appears in the flick)

The movie Zuckerberg calls Facebook cofounder Dustin Moscovitz (center) a "programmer." Dustin was actually an operations guy who struggled to learn code. (He's also not an idiot, as he appears in the flick)

The movie makes the Winklevosses’ business partner, Divvya Narendra, out to be the hard-charger in the case against Zuckerberg. In reality, Divvya is the one who’s moved on.

The movie makes the Winklevosses' business partner, Divvya Narendra, out to be the hard-charger in the case against Zuckerberg. In reality, Divvya is the one who's moved on.

The movie gets the size of Eduardo Saverin’s initial investment in Facebook wrong. The figure was $15,000.

The movie gets the size of Eduardo Saverin's initial investment in Facebook wrong. The figure was $15,000.

Sean Parker WAS arrested for cocaine possession, but not in California and not during the Fall of 2004.

Sean Parker WAS arrested for cocaine possession, but not in California and not during the Fall of 2004.

The film neglects to mention that Facebook began to be starved for cash while Eduardo Saverin was in New York. It got so bad, Zuckerberg’s family took out loans for servers.

The film neglects to mention that Facebook began to be starved for cash while Eduardo Saverin was in New York. It got so bad, Zuckerberg's family took out loans for servers.

The movie also portrays Eduardo Saverin as Mark Zuckerberg’s BFF. Nope. That was Adam D’Angelo, Mark’s Exeter classmate and Facebook’s first CTO. We’ve seen the chatty IMs.

The movie also portrays Eduardo Saverin as Mark Zuckerberg's BFF. Nope. That was Adam D'Angelo, Mark's Exeter classmate and Facebook's first CTO. We've seen the chatty IMs.

The movie doesn’t bring up how much Eduardo Saverin partied in New York while Zuckerberg was out in California building a company. In one late night IM he writes to Mark: “So you guys go out a lot to partiens [sic] and such there?” Mark says “in general we don’t do fun things.”

The movie doesn't bring up how much Eduardo Saverin partied in New York while Zuckerberg was out in California building a company. In one late night IM he writes to Mark: "So you guys go out a lot to partiens [sic] and such there?" Mark says "in general we don't do fun things."

Nor does the movie mention how Eduardo put up free ads for his own startup on Facebook without telling anybody first

Nor does the movie mention how Eduardo put up free ads for his own startup on Facebook without telling anybody first

The movie suggests the Winklevoss brothers didn’t go to the Crimson with their complaints about Mark Zuckerberg. False. In fact, a story about Facebook freaked Mark out so bad, he hacked into a reporter’s email account.

The movie suggests the Winklevoss brothers didn't go to the Crimson with their complaints about Mark Zuckerberg. False. In fact, a story about Facebook freaked Mark out so bad, he hacked into a reporter's email account.

Finally: Sorry, the real Mark Zuckerberg just isn’t nearly as cool as Jesse Eisenberg’s Mark Zuckerberg

Finally: Sorry, the real Mark Zuckerberg just isn't nearly as cool as Jesse Eisenberg's Mark Zuckerberg

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