Thursday, July 19, 2007
Facebook, according to the radio this morning, faces the possibility of being shut down if it fails to win a US court battle next week. This follows a three year battle between Facebook and rival website ConnectU. Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss and Divya Narendra, former fellow Harvard students of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, allege that Zuckerberg copied code and a business plan from their site while he was still working for them as a programmer. At the time, the site was known as harvardconnect.com. It later changed its name to ConnectU. The dispute started when Zuckerberg launched his website in February 2004, a month after promising to finish the plaintiff's website. The plaintiffs have demanded that Facebook be shut down and full control of the site and all assets be passed to them.