'Social Network' altered at Facebook's request

Scott Rudin gave Facebook execs preview of script, film

Facebook executives requested changes to the upcoming film "The Social Network," some of which were granted.

Producer Scott Rudin told The New York Times that he made unspecified tweaks after giving Facebook execs early glimpses of the script and edit of the film.

But don't go thinking "Social" is corporate propaganda just yet; Rudin said he refused bigger changes Facebook demanded (also unspecified).

One scene in particular is described as a possible deletion from the film's final cut: A speech made by the character of Napster co-founder Sean Parker while in the background teenage girls offer lines of cocaine for partygoers to snort off their bared breasts.

"Social" producers have already acknowledged that the film takes liberties with the facts of the company's history. The film is expected to give a particularly unflattering portrait of Mark Zuckerberg, played by Jesse Eisenberg.

Zuckerberg isn't quoted in the article, which reports that Rudin was talking directly to Elliot Schrage, vp of communications at Facebook, and COO Sheryl Sandberg. Rudin describes Schrage urging him to incorporate details from a book about the company by David Kirkpatrick, but the arrangement never materialized.

"Social" creators were allowed to take liberties with the truth of Facebook's story without having to buy life rights to the people depicted because much of the story they told is based on depositions given by those depicted. Other source material includes the book "The Accidental Billionaires" by Ben Mezrich and interviews with Eduardo Saverin, a co-founder of Facebook who went on to sue Zuckerberg.
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