A Quick History of Mark Zuckerberg’s Legal Woes
Over the years, Mark Zuckerburg, the multi billionaire founder of social media giant Facebook, has faced many legal battles. Let's take a quick look at some of the legal wrangles the tech wizard has faced…
Just before Mark Zuckerburg launched Facebook, two brothers named Cameron and Tyler Winklevioss were under the assumption that Zuckerberg would help them build a social network that linked Harvard students to each other. Zuckerberg instead launched his own version called, yep you guessed it, Facebook. The brother sued Zuckerberg but the court found in Zuckerberg’s favour. This wasn’t the end however as years of legal battles ensued with Zuckerberg agreeing in the end to pay the brothers $20 million and transferring 1.2 million shares of his company.
A dispute erupted between Eduardo Saverin and Zuckerberg over who actually and technically founded Facebook. Before Facebook launched Zuckerberg and Severin worked hard to develop the social media site. After a dispute, Zuckerberg decided he would cut Severin out of the business.Saverin argued that he was due his share of the profits and wanted recognition of his hard work. In the end, Zuckerberg, who one day may become a trillionaire, settled privately and Saverin is now known officially as the co founder of the social.
An early investor in Zuckerberg was Paul Ceglia, a wooden pellet fuel company owner. Ceglia claimed to own 84% of Facebook after investing just $1,000 back in 2003. Zuckerberg argued that Ceglia invested in a different company called ‘Facemash’ and completely disregarded the claim. Ceglia desperately tried to settle out of court but to no avail. Ceglia was shady character to say the least. In 2012 he was found to have committed, among other crimes, fraud and was duly arrested.
You know things are bad when a whole country launches a criminal investigation into you. In 2010The Pakistani authorities claimed Facebook had committed blasphemy by launching a contest to draw Muhammad. The government even went as far as to ask Interpol to arrest Zuckerberg on blasphemy charges.
Mark Zuckerberg filed his own lawsuit against the natives of Hawaii. The legal dispute arose after Zuckerberg purchased land on the US tropical island. Zuckerberg claimed local Hawaiins were trespassing on his land near the island of Kauai which he owns. Unfortunately for Zuckerberg, Hawaii land laws are different from usual US land law and he dropped his case.
In April 2018 Mark Zuckerberg once again faced legal questioning but this time had to answer to congress. This turned into international news and as Zuckerberg had to answer questions that were broadcast on television. Questions arose regarding Facbooks use of personal data. It was claimed facebook were part of the Cambridge Analytical data breach that saw connections with Donald Trump becoming US President and Brexit in the UK.
Zuckerberg is looking to ending any future legal disputes as he plans his days looking to invest money into causes that could one day make the world a better place. He has pledged to give away vast sums of his wealth through the Giving Pledge Charity.