Image via WikipediaHow evil is Facebook? So evil! Invader of privacy, maker of billions, social network that turns us all into casual stalkers . . . In all of the articles, blogs and, er, Facebook status updates ever written about Facebook, there does seem to be universal agreement that it is, somehow, suspect – a point on which the two recent films made about Facebook, Catfish and The Social Network, predictably concur.
In fact there is now an actual figure on just how evil Facebook is: $100m worth of evil, plus Oprah. The former is how much the network's founder, Mark Zuckerberg (boooooo!), announced he is donating in his company's stock to help the public school system in Newark, New Jersey on – oh crazy coincidence! – the very day that The Social Network premiered in the US. And Oprah, of course, refers to the show on which Zuckerberg announced his upcoming donation, thereby multiplying its value by about a kajillion, and also to whom the heretofore very private Zuckerberg gave a tour of his house, throwing in a kiss of his girlfriend for the cameras.