Winklevoss twins like 'The Social Network'
Published Thursday, October 14, 2010 9:47AM EDT
Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, the Olympic rowers in an Olympic-sized row with Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg, say they are big fans of "The Social Network" – both the film and the service itself.
"It's a great generational film, it's very entertaining," Cameron Winklevoss told CTV's Canada AM Thursday of the box office hit, which is directed by David Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin.
"From my perspective, the filmmakers tried to tell three different sides of a story. I don't think there (are) any conclusions and it's really up to the viewer to make their own decision."
The Winklevosses (or the Winklevii, as the film version of Zuckerberg jokes) seem to be at peace with their portrayal in the film, which tells the story of the founding of Facebook and their part in it.
"You will find it all happened and it is very much a true story," Tyler Winklevoss said, although Zuckerberg has called it strictly fiction.
The 29-year-old twins, who attended Harvard University with Zuckerberg, settled with Facebook two years ago for a reported $65 million after they sued for intellectual property theft. They claim that Zuckerberg stole their idea after they hired him to code for a Harvard-only social networking website they were building.
They are now suing Facebook again, alleging the company undervalued itself in their previous negotiations.
"In 2008, we entered into an agreement to resolve this and we later found out that Facebook misled us and played dirty in the way they were valuing the equity portion they gave us," Cameron Winklevoss said.
"We're happy for a fair race," his brother adds, claiming Facebook cheated.
Facebook says they consider the case closed.
"We've considered the Winklevoss dispute closed for years and we wish them well in their future endeavors," Facebook told the Financial Times.
Still, the brothers say they are now users of Facebook.
"We actually didn't join the service for a while based on principle but after the Olympics Games we wanted to stay in touch with athletes and friends we met over there," Cameron Winklevoss said. "Ultimately it's a good idea, our issue has never been with the company or the product (but) rather . . . ownership and Mark Zuckerberg."
The twins placed sixth for the U.S. in rowing at the Beijing Summer Olympics in 2008 and are expected to compete for a spot in the 2012 games in London.