Closing the Book on the Facebook Lawsuit

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There’s a pretty good chance that Mark Zuckerberg had already de-friended Paul Ceglia.  In a recent decision, Ceglia has officially been indicted after faking evidence against Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg.  The original lawsuit, which came about in 2010, stems from the fact that in 2003, Ceglia altered contracts co-signed by Zuckerberg in an attempt to give himself 50% share of the company.  Authorities had arrested the internet entrepreneur in October on charges centered around issues relating to the lawsuit.  Ceglia was guilty of mail fraud, wire fraud, and also attempts at tampering with and destroying evidence.  He currently faces up to 20 years in jail per criminal charge.

Regardless of whatever nature Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook under, the fact remains that he was the one who was wronged in this situation.  Not only was Paul Ceglia not clever enough to cover his own footprints, but he also originally stated that he was owned 84% of the company.  Zuckerberg refutes any claim Ceglia has, stating that while there were previous deals between the two (websites including StreetFax and PageBook), Facebook was a separate entity altogether.  There is no doubt within anyone’s mind, whether an authoritative figure in the case or a person simply reading about the case, that this outcome has been in the works.  Ceglia’s arrest in October can be likened to the final tolls of a bell that has been ringing for quite some time.

It seems to be pretty difficult to escape Facebook nowadays.  Not only is the social network one of the most popular websites online, but the apps for smartphone make it one of the most easily accessible social media platforms in the world.  It’s hard to dispute the fact that Mark Zuckerberg struck gold with the idea, and has seen his own vision of a free service that lets information flow instantly between its users.  This should serve as a lesson to anybody in the internet industry or any company who uses email as a main form of communication.  The things you send daily are not simply just floating around in the air; they are being recorded and can be used against you should the situation warrant it.  Perhaps this will make people think twice before shooting along their next email.

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