Jun 5, 2019

Zuckerberg classmate launches attack in front of MPs

Parliament live TV A Harvard contemporary of Mark Zuckerberg has launched a stinging attack on both Facebook and its founder, in testimony to UK MPs. Aaron Greenspan, who claims to have come up with the idea for Facebook first, has been a long-standing critic. Mr Greenspan told MPs he had developed a portal for students, to unite various campuses at Harvard, called houseSYSTEM but also referred to as The Facebook, in 2003. Damian Collins, who chairs the committee, has frequently called on Mr Zuckerberg to come to Parliament to answer questions about how Facebook operates - but he has refused. Who won an undisclosed amount from Facebook in a dispute about patent and trademarks 10 years ago, told the sub-committee: "The way these estimates are arrived at are extremely unclear, with Facebook saying that it uses 'significant judgement'." In January, Mr Greenspan published his own study, based on two reports from Facebook itself, in which he estimated most of the accounts on Facebook could be fake.

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