Zuckerberg denies ownership confusion as Facebook exceeds 500m users

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has rejected claims he was uncertain whether he had signed over the majority ownership of the business to a third party.

Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg

Speaking to ABC World News on the day Facebook exceeded 500m global users, he was questioned why a Facebook lawyer had said the company was “unsure” if a contract had been signed to give away 84% of business.

Facebook is being challenged by Paul Ceglia, who says such a deal was made in April 2003.

But Zuckerberg told ABC World News, “If we said we were unsure, I think that was likely taken out of context. Because I think we were quite sure that we didn’t sign a contract that says that they have any right to ownership over Facebook.”

The TV interview was timed to celebrate the social network reaching 500m users.

In an earlier post on the Facebook blog, Zuckerberg wrote, “Our mission at Facebook is to help make the world more open and connected. I could have never imagined all of the ways people would use Facebook when we were getting started six years ago. I want to thank you for being part of making Facebook what it is today and for spreading it around the world.”

At the start of the week, the social network launched Facebook Stories, a visual representation of members’ stories about how the social network has impacted their lives (nma.co.uk 19 July 2010). The site sits within Facebook, with users able to filter stories by date or theme, such as ’coping with grief’, ’finding love’ and ’natural disasters’.

This story first appeared on newmediaage.co.uk

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