As reported earlier this week by WebNewser, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg sat down with Diane Sawyer for an exclusive interview that aired on Wednesday night’s installment of World News with Diane Sawyer. Highlights from the conversation follow, courtesy of ABC News’ World News with Diane Sawyer.
Zuckerberg on Facebook reaching 500 million users:
It’s really the people themselves who have gotten us to this state. I mean, we’ve built a lot of products that we think are good, and that will help people share photos and share videos and write messages to each other. But it’s really all about how people are spreading Facebook around the world in all these different countries. And that’s what’s so amazing about the scale that it’s at today.
Zuckerberg again reaffirming that Facebook has no plans to charge users:
Our commitment to users and the people who use our service is that Facebook is a free service. It’s free now. It will always be free.
On the lawsuit Facebook currently faces in which Paul Ceglia, owner of a wood-pellet fuel company in Wellsville, N.Y., alleges that a contract he signed with Zuckerberg in 2003 entitles him to an 84 percent stake in the company:
If we said that we were unsure, I think that was likely taken out of context, because I think we were quite sure that we did not sign a contract that says that they have any right to ownership over Facebook.
On new movie The Social Network:
I just think people have a lot of fiction. But, you know, I mean, the real story of Facebook is just that we’ve worked so hard for all this time…I mean, the real story is actually probably pretty boring. I mean, we just sat at our computers for six years and coded.