Zuckerberg Says He Didn't Sign Away Stake in Facebook

Lora Bentley
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Who caught Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's interview with ABC World News' Diane Sawyer Wednesday? It was apparently timed to coincide with the social-networking company's announcement that it has reached 500 million users. Though I didn't get to see it as it aired, I'm sure I could find it.


However, I'm guessing I didn't miss much. CNET News used this headline on coverage by Caroline McCarthy, who did see it: "Zuckerberg on the evening news: Yawn." Apparently the piece was boring because Zuckerberg was his non-colorful, stoic self. He answered questions in a calm, unassuming manner, which McCarthy points out is decidedly different than what happened when he was on stage at the D Conference. She says:

[T]he news wasn't what he said, it was the fact that he got really nervous and started sweating.

Interestingly, though, Sawyer did manage to get Zuckerberg to comment on the record regarding the lawsuit in which Paul Ceglia claims he has a contract signed by Zuckerberg that would entitle him to 84 percent of the company. In response to a comment from Facebook attorney Lisa Simpson that the company was unsure about the contract, Zuckerberg said:

If we said we were "unsure," I think that was likely taken out of context.... Because I think we were quite sure that we did not sign a contract that says that they have any right to ownership over Facebook.


That comment could mean several things:

  1. "I did not sign the piece if paper Ceglia says I signed. Someone must have forged my name."
  2. "I did sign a contract with Ceglia, but the terms he is claiming now are not the terms to which I agreed in 2003."
  3. "I did sign that contract and agree to those terms, so I'm stalling until I figure out how to get us out of this mess."

Or, it could mean something entirely different that hasn't even crossed my mind.


The point is, Ceglia and Zuckerberg are obviously at odds on this one. In response to Zuckerberg's comment in the interview, Ceglia's attorney, Paul Argentieri told Bloomberg:

If he thinks he can go to court and give an answer like that -- I think it's not possible.

This one's not over. Stay tuned.

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