Facebook's $100 Million Gift Precedes Movie Release Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is scheduled to appear on Oprah Friday to announce a gift of $100 million for the public schools in Newark, New Jersey. This announcement coincides with the release of The Social Network, a blockbuster movie that paints a less than complimentary picture of Zuckerberg as he worked to create Facebook.
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Facebook's $100 Million Gift Precedes Movie Release

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Facebook's $100 Million Gift Precedes Movie Release

Facebook's $100 Million Gift Precedes Movie Release

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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is scheduled to appear on Oprah Friday to announce a gift of $100 million for the public schools in Newark, New Jersey. This announcement coincides with the release of The Social Network, a blockbuster movie that paints a less than complimentary picture of Zuckerberg as he worked to create Facebook.

STEVE INSKEEP, Host:

NPR's David Folkenflik is wondering about the connection between these events.

DAVID FOLKENFLIK: In the movie version of his life, Zuckerberg is portrayed as unscrupulous on his route to his billions, and - despite his service based on friending and likes - utterly unable to connect to others. Jesse Eisenberg plays Zuckerberg, here appealing to a friend.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "THE SOCIAL NETWORK")

JESSE EISENBERG: Unidentified Man (Actor): I'm here for you.

EISENBERG: No, I need the algorithm used to run chess players.

OK: Are you OK?

EISENBERG: Unidentified Man: You mean other students?

EISENBERG: Unidentified Man: Do you think this is such a good idea?

EISENBERG: Unidentified Man: All right.

EISENBERG: I need the algorithm.

FOLKENFLIK: Showing up to talk on "Oprah" is image rehab 101, but it could misfire. Here's what happened when Lesley Stahl compared Zuckerberg to the founders of Google.

LESLEY STAHL: You seem to be replacing Larry and Sergey as the people out here who everyone's talking about. You're just staring at me.

MARK ZUCKERBERG: Is that a question?

FOLKENFLIK: David Folkenflik, NPR News.

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