Mark Zuckerberg Sued By Facebook Investors - Time For Aaron Sorkin To Write 'The Social Network 2'?

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Mark Zuckerberg is being sued over Facebook ... again. | Columbia Pictures

It may be time for Aaron Sorkin to reach for his pen again.

In a scene that could have come straight from the pages of his Social Network script, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg - no stranger to courtrooms - is once again being sued over his generation-defining invention.

Following Facebook's floatation on the US stock market for $100 billion (£65 billion), investors have now filed a lawsuit against the founder, alleging that he knew the business was overvalued when it hit the market.

Furious investors have watched as the value of their shares have plummeted since the company went public, and claim Zuckerberg, as CEO, knew the site did not generate enough advertising revenue to warrant a £25/share price, and sold the company off to protect his own finances.

The Social Network told the tale of Zuckerberg's first legal run-ins over ownership of The Facebook as it was back in the day, with college room-mate Eduardo Saverin claiming a share, and the Olympian athlete brothers Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss chipping in too, saying they had employed Zuckerberg to programme the site for them.

The 2010 film won three Oscars, including one for Sorkin's fast-as-a-whip script, and was nominated for five others, including Best Picture and Best Actor - Jesse Eisenberg.

Zuckerberg has proved he is not afraid of courtroom combat, although he may wish for the wit of Sorkin to help him out. In The Social Network, his best line (as delivered by Eisenberg) was to the Olympian Winkelvosses (Winkelvossi?)...

"You know, you really don't need a forensics team to get to the bottom of this. If you guys were the inventors of Facebook, you'd have invented Facebook."

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