Mark Zuckerberg returned to Harvard Thursday to give the commencement address at the school where he created the idea for Facebook, telling graduates to build communities and help everyone live a life with purpose.
Probably some people heard him.
But many people were completely distracted by the Harvard Crimson — the student newspaper founded in 1873 — which was momentarily plastered with extremely silly stories and photos of Zuckerberg.
Instead of stories such as, “At College Class Day, Biden Encourages Public Service,” and “Kerry Urges Optimism at Kennedy School,” the paper’s web site offered breaking news such as, “Mork Zinkletink Zonks all over the Internet!” and “OOPS: MINK PINKLEBINK ACCIDENTALLY “LIKES” OWN COMMENCEMENT SPEECH.”
The most-read article, according to the apparently hacked site: “I WROTE THAT SPEECH Thinks Sleepy Kayak Boy in Commencement Crowd.”
Also popular: “Zuck! Zuck! Zuck! cheers Zuck at commencement.”
Of course the hacked site contained words we cannot print. So yes, we’ve blurred them out.
The Harvard Crimson appeared to be restored to its venerable self Thursday afternoon.
Derek Choi, the president of the Crimson, sent a statement Thursday afternoon: “Earlier today, The Harvard Crimson’s website was altered by an unauthorized user. We are currently working to repair the breach. We regret any inconvenience to our readers and look forward to the rest of Commencement.”
Nick White, a spokesman for Facebook, did not immediately respond to a question about Zuckerberg’s reaction, if any, to the Crimson’s temporarily altered page.
He did provide a link to Zuckerberg’s Facebook page, with a photo of him speaking to the commencement crowd, and a full text of the speech.
Spokesmen for Harvard did not respond immediately.
But the Internet did.
Gizmodo wrote, “Harvard’s student paper is drunk and taking potshots at Mark Zuckerberg.”
As if that weren’t enough, Buzzfeed reported, “Harvard’s Closed Captioning Malfunctioned And Turned Zuckerberg’s Speech Into A Jibberish Tone Poem.”
Also, it was pouring.
Zuckerberg is one of Harvard’s most well-known students; he left the college 12 years ago, before graduating, to launch his company, which has transformed the way people form communities and communicate. He was given an honorary doctorate Thursday.
It’s not known what was written on the diploma.