Winklevoss twins take Facebook to US Supreme Court

17 May 2011

After being denied a request to rehear their case by the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, it appears that Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss are taking their case against Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook to the US Supreme court.

The twins contend that Mark Zuckerberg stole their idea and created Facebook while they were undergraduates at Harvard.

This is going to be the fourth attempt by the brothers to claim what they believe is their legitimate share of Facebook, which is hurtling towards a US$100bn valuation ahead of an IPO next year.

The social networking site began as a way of connecting students at Harvard and has in the last several years blossomed into a global network of 650m people.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years