"Move faster and break things, unless you are breaking stuff, you are not moving fast enough."
Mark Zuckerberg, well the man needs no introduction. He is one of the people who has greatly facilitated communication for the people of the world, with his phenomenal and revolutionary product, Facebook. Born in 1984, he has an estimated net worth of US$63.3 billion as of May 2017 and is ranked as the fifth richest person in the world, by Forbes.
With this, we get to you, the flip side of the man, where he had been involved in controversies.
"By giving people the power to share, we're making the world more transparent."
We wish you could keep transparent, there, too. But standing at such a high level, controversies have to be a part and parcel of life. He is surely breaking things and is moving pretty fast, getting to us things, that lie beyond imaginations.
#1. The ConnectU Lawsuit
This lawsuit was filed by Harvard students Cameron Winklevoss, Tyler Winklevoss, and Divya Narendra, in 2004, who accused Mark of breaching an oral contract and using their source code to create TheFacebook.com. This lawsuit was dismissed on a technicality on March 28, 2007. The three students accused Zuckerberg of intentionally making them believe he would help them build a social network called HarvardConnection.com, which was later called ConnectU.
The case was again refiled in a federal court in Boston.
Facebook presented a countersuit with regard to 'Social Butterfly', which is a project put out by The Winklevoss Chang Group, which is an alleged partnership between ConnectU and i2hub. Finally, the case was settled on June 25, 2008, where Facebook agreed to transfer over 1.2 million common shares and pay $20 million in cash.
#2. Saverin Lawsuit
Eduardo Saverin is a Brazilian Internet entrepreneur and angel investor and is one of the co-founders of Facebook. There was a lawsuit filed by him, against Mark and Facebook, which was eventually settled outside of court. As co-founder, back in 2004, Saverin held the role of chief financial officer and business manager.
On May 15, 2012, Business Insider brought forward an exclusive email from Zuckerberg, which...
Had details on how he had cut Saverin from Facebook and diluted his stake. Both, Facebook and Saverin filed lawsuits, against each other. It was settled out of court and the terms of the settlement weren't disclosed, also, Saverin signed an NDA after the settlement. Facebook did affirm Saverin's title as one of the co-founders.
#3. 'Draw Muhammad' Contest
There was a draw Muhammad contest hosted on Facebook, as a result of this, Pakistani Deputy Attorney General Muhammad Azhar Sidiqque launched a criminal investigation into Zuckerberg and Facebook co-founders Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes, in June 2010. In the investigation, there was the name of the anonymous German woman who created the contest.
The Pakistan Deputy Attorney General then asked the police of the country to contact Interpol to...via
Get Mark and others involved, arrested for blasphemy. Resultantly, Facebook's website was blocked on May 19, 2010, until Facebook removed the contest from its website at the end of May.
Moreso, Azhar Siddique was in favor of raising the issue in the United Nations General Assembly.
#4. Paul Ceglia controversy
Claiming 84% ownership of Facebook and seeking monetary damages, Paul Ceglia filed a lawsuit in June 2010 against Mark Zuckerberg. Paul has been a convicted felon and fugitive. He founded a number of now defunct businesses including StreetFax, PageBook, and Allegany Pellets. He was arrested on basis of fraud charges later.
According to Ceglia, he and Zuckerberg made an agreement on April 28, 2003, with a fee of $1,000. The agreement entitled Ceglia to 50 percent of the website's revenue and an additional 1 percent interest in the business, per day, after January 1, 2004 (if Zuckerberg was tardy in deploying the site), until the website was completed.
Zuckerberg then admitted to having worked separately for Ceglia, for StreetFax.com and that...via
Facebook had no relation to Ceglia, it was a separate idea. Finally, all the controversy and issues ended in October 2012, when Ceglia was arrested by and charged with fabricating evidence against Mark.
He is also accused of having forged emails that show his connection with Facebook.
#5. Gilad Erdan, Palestinian terror attacks controversy
It was on June 2, 2016, that Mark was accused by the Israeli cabinet minister Gilad Erdan. He was accused of having some responsibilty for the terror attacks by Palestinians against Israelis. Gilad felt that Facebook was not doing its bit to ban posts on its platform that incited violence against the Israelis.
Gilad said something nerve-wracking at that time. He said,
"Some of the victims' blood is on Zuckerberg's hands"
Surely, it is not easy and is full of thorns to run a social media platform, wherein you have to pay the price, for any darn thing on it!
#6. Hawaiian land ownership controversy
This is a fresh controversy, from the beginning of the year only. In January this year, Mark filed eight "quiet title and partition" lawsuits against hundreds of native Hawaiians. This was done in order to get the land that he had bought, to sell it to him. The native Hawaiians were asked by Mark to sell their lands to him. This was the land that was contained within the 700 acres of land in the Hawaiian island of Kauai that Zuckerberg had purchased in 2014.
But, he had to give up the lawsuits when he learned that...via
The Hawaiian land ownership law differs from that of the other 49 states of the country.
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