What did we learn from Diane Sawyer‘s exclusive interview with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg on “ABC World News” Wednesday (July 21)?
We learned that he’s very excited that the site has passed the 500 million-user mark. And that he “probably” won’t see “The Social Network,” the movie about Facebook’s early days that comes out in the fall. And that he punctuates a lot of his sentences with the word “right,” as in, “Well, what I think it’s doing is giving everyone a voice, right?”
And, uh, yeah. That’s about it. There’s a long segment with Sawyer and Zuckerberg talking about Facebook’s privacy issues — Sawyer even solicits questions from a couple of her off-camera staffers — but Zuckerberg talks around it. He calls “The Social Network,” directed by David Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin, “fiction,” but doesn’t really care that it’s told mostly from someone else’s point of view and, based on the trailer, makes him look pretty bad. (Having a few billion in the bank no doubt helps with that.)
But there’s no mention of a recent survey that puts Facebook’s customer satisfaction on a very poor par with cable companies and airlines, and really not much of anything that you’d call a tough question. So, in other words, just your average network-news interview.
“The Social Network” may be not be true — or at least not the whole truth — but we’re betting it’s more exciting to watch.
Below are two portions of Sawyer’s interview with Zuckerberg; the first has him talking about reaching the 500 million user milestone, and the second has him talking about the movie.