BBC to make Mark Zuckerberg documentary for Facebook's 20th anniversary

CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg walks to lunch following a session at the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference on July 08, 2021 in Sun Valley, Idaho. After a year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the world’s most wealthy and powerful businesspeople from the media, finance, and technology worlds will converge at the Sun Valley Resort for the exclusive week-long conference. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)
Mark Zuckerberg will feature in a Facebook documentary. (Getty Images)

He's already had his life story told in a Hollywood film, and now the updated tale of social media mogul Mark Zuckerberg will feature in a BBC documentary to mark the 20th anniversary of Facebook.

Zuckerberg set up the hugely successful social media platform in 2004 when he was just a teenager, as a way of college students being able to connect.

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It quickly expanded to become available to those not at university, too, and has grown into the largest social media platform on the planet, and one of the most powerful companies in the world.

The three-part documentary for BBC Two titled Zuckerberg will look at the huge transformation the company is undergoing as Meta, as well as Zuckerberg's own story setting up the platform which was previously documented in the 2010 film The Social Network where Jesse Eisenberg played him.

In this photo illustration, the Facebook logo is displayed on the screen of an iPhone in front of a Meta logo on February 03, 2022 in Paris, France. Share prices for Facebook's parent company, Meta, slumped in after-hours trading after the company reported that social network's daily active users declined to 1.929 billion in Q4 of 2021 from 1.930 billion in the previous quarter. Facebook is losing users for the first time in its history, Mark Zuckerberg's company has seen its profits decline, and the transition to the metaverse promises to be chaotic. (Photo illustration by Chesnot/Getty Images)
Facebook has grown into one of the world's biggest companies. (Getty Images)

A description of the documentary from the BBC says: "This is a fascinating story of an unexpected maverick with an audacious vision. Woven throughout is a look at the rise of social media, humanity’s need to build connections and our complex relationship with the inventions that have changed the face of human interaction forever.

"At a time when Facebook is transforming its vision, this is a key moment to explore the story of Zuckerberg - the man who got us here; to look back at events and the remarkable changes he has unleashed, and dig into the mind and motivations of the individual whose vision we are all now a part of - whether we choose to be or not."

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Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network.
Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network.

Jack Bootle, head of BBC's commissioning, science and natural history, said: “As the 20th anniversary of Facebook approaches, there’s never been a better time to tell the story of its founder - and to assess the seismic impact of his work on world culture. I’m excited that the brilliant team at Mindhouse will be bringing this fascinating subject to life for BBC Two and BBC iPlayer.”

Nancy Strang, creative director at Mindhouse, said: "The remarkable story of Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook is one of the tales of our time. He has arguably done more to transform human behaviour and connectivity than any other person this century. I'm thrilled that we've been given this opportunity to tell the extraordinary inside story of the social media giant, and the man behind it."

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