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Mark Zuckerberg claimed Facebook was founded with political expression in mind. A former Facebook exec called that 'pretty obviously incorrect.'

Mark Zuckerberg claimed Facebook was founded with political expression in mind. A former Facebook exec called that 'pretty obviously incorrect.'
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During a recent speech at Georgetown University, Mark Zuckerberg depicted Facebook's origin as rooted in enabling open political speech.




The reality is that Facebook was an evolution of an attractiveness rating site developed by Zuckerberg while he was a student at Harvard.




Zuckerberg was called out on his revisionist history by former Facebook chief security officer Alex Stamos in an interview published by Columbia Journalism Review this week. "The idea that it was originally created to give people voice on political topics seems pretty obviously incorrect," Stamos said.




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When Mark Zuckerberg was at Harvard University as an undergraduate student, he developed Facebook — but the initial idea was far from what Facebook has evolved into across the past decade.
Instead of a tool for connecting people, it was originally conceived of as a tool called "Facesmash" — a way for Harvard students to look at two photos of fellow students and choose which one was more attractive. Along the way, it evolved into what would become Facebook.
When Zuckerberg spoke at Georgetown University recently, he offered a different accounting of Facebook's origins:
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