Facebook’s CEO returned to Harvard 12 years after dropping out. Mark Zuckerberg was there to give a commencement address and also receive an honorary doctoral degree from the University. But the Facebook founder found himself a part of fake news when the school’s newspaper, known as ‘The Harvard Crimson’, was hacked. While the Crimson had planned a special commencement issue, its web portal was apparently showing some awkward pictures and weird headlines mostly related to Zuckerberg.
Just minutes before Zuckerberg was slated to give the commencement address, people on Twitter said that they noticed some changes to The Harvard Crimson website. Harvard Crimson is a 144-year-old student newspaper, and almost every text and picture on the homepage of the website was changed to a joke about the 2004 dropout. Meanwhile, the website has been restored again and is functioning normally right now. According to the screenshots which people have shared on Twitter, some of the joke headlines include, “Mork Zinkletink Zonks All Over The Internet!” and “Mark Zoinkerburg At It Again.”
Derek Choi, the paper’s president, said in a statement: “Earlier today, The Harvard Crimson’s website was altered by an unauthorised user. We are currently working to repair the breach. We regret any inconvenience to our users and look forward to the rest of Commencement.”
The most interesting thing in all this is that the Facebook founder was once accused of hacking into student email accounts before he dropped out. There is a report on Crimson itself (dated March 10, 2010), which says, “Facebook founder and CEO Mark E. Zuckerberg ’06 was accused of hacking into student e-mail and social network ConnectU accounts before dropping out of Harvard in 2004.”
According to Business Insider, Zuckerberg had hacked into the personal e-mail accounts of the editors of Crimson with an aim to check the student newspaper’s views on a legal dispute with the founders of Connect U, a rival social network. The dispute had eventually ended in a $65 million settlement, according to various reports.