Mark Zuckerberg Essay

2018 Words Jun 4th, 2012 9 Pages
Mark Zuckerberg: from a Revolutionary Vision to a Middle East Revolution

Unbeknownst to them at the time, on a Sunday night in late 2003, a select 450 Harvard University students played an unknowing but seemingly vital part in creating one of the most influential men in the world: Mark Zuckerberg. For Zuckerberg, it was the day which caused him to be called before Harvard's Administrative Board for a disciplinary hearing (Kaplan, 2003); it was also the day which helped catapult his onward trajectory towards creating Facebook, an online social network of over 500 million users valued today at approximately $82.9 billion dollars (Levy, 2011).
Mark Zuckerberg was one of four children born to Edward and Karen Zuckerberg, Mark and his
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Harvard University called Zuckerberg before the Administrative Board to answer to charges of breaching security, violating copyrights and violating individual privacy based on a complaint from the computer services department (Kaplan, 2003). The Board decided against removing him from the University, but Zuckerberg was required to write a formal apology and was placed on academic probation for six months. Zuckerberg's formal apology was printed in the school's newspaper, The Harvard Crimson, and in it Zuckerberg acknowledged the flaws of his site, writing, "I understood that some parts were still a little sketchy and I wanted some more time to think about whether or not this was really appropriate to release to the Harvard community. Issues about violating people's privacy don't seem to be surmountable. I'm not willing to risk insulting anyone," (Kaplan, 2003).
It was in December 2003, after receiving a great amount of publicity about the Facemash scandal that three upperclassmen, Divya Narendra, Cameron Winklevoss, and Tyler Winklevoss, approached Zuckerberg about helping them program a site they had come up with, eventually named ConnectU. Zuckerberg agreed to work on their project, but secretly and simultaneously began his own project, Facebook. In January 2004, Zuckerberg deserted the ConnectU project in order to focus all of his energy on the creation of Facebook. On February 4, 2004,

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