Man in Facebook lawsuit passes polygraph

In April of this year, Neowin reported on the complaint filed by a man named Paul D. Ceglia against Facebook. The complaint filed included multiple documents and emails.. Ceglia claims that he should have a 50 percent stake in the company after Mark Zuckerberg said the endeavor was failing and proceded to launch the site anyway. Now there is a new development in the case against Facebook, according to Fox News.

Paul Ceglia has now cleared a polygraph examination to determine the veracity of the alleged contract he signed with Zuckerberg, according to Ceglia's lawyers. This polygraph exam was given as a result of Ceglia's opposition to Facebook requesting that he turn over the contract and all emails without Facebook having to reciprocate. The polygraph examiner concluded that the test given to Ceglia showed no deception in his responses to questions regarding the contract and emails sent between him and Zuckerberg. Ceglia stated on Friday that "I respectfully suggest that Mark Zuckerberg undergo the same polygraph examination that I have in order to expose who is really telling the truth." Ceglia's lawyers have asked the courts to allow both sides to inspect all documents and emails, instead of only allowing Facebook to do so. Zuckerberg's lawyers maintain that the contract is fraudulent and that Ceglia has a history of performing "scams".

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stormlifter said,
Polygraph? What the heck, how is a multi billion dollar case even going to bring that garbage tech in.
It's not for the case. It's just PR.

This guy is a career con artist, the 'test' he gave himself is meaningless. He is playing on the news outlets attempts to find dirt on Zuckerberg to reinforce the portrayal in the movie.

Simon- said,
This guy is a career con artist, the 'test' he gave himself is meaningless. He is playing on the news outlets attempts to find dirt on Zuckerberg to reinforce the portrayal in the movie.

Zuckerberg IS the con artist, he scammed their former partner...

Magallanes said,

Zuckerberg IS the con artist, he scammed their former partner...

Maybe you should believe less in the movie script, and more in the fact that his former partner(s) didn't win out in court.

zivan56 said,
LOL a polygraph? Maybe we should convict criminals based purely on the size of their cranium as well...

No no no, it's the bumps, not just the size.

KingCrimson said,
Mark, just pay off the guy. $5 million is chump change!
Too bad the guy wants half! I'm not sure he'd take $5MM if he's telling the truth or if he's convinced himself that his story is true.

I'm not defending Facebook or anyone, but with that kind of money in play, I have always believed that any person with some training can pass those test without problems.

Seizure1990 said,
Polygraph tests? Strap me in right now, I think it's time to reveal to the world that I actually co-founded Microsoft!

hey! remember me? I was at the table that same fateful day when Microsoft was created. I say it's finally time we get our due.

Patchou said,

hey! remember me? I was at the table that same fateful day when Microsoft was created. I say it's finally time we get our due.
Me too!!!!!!

Voice of Buddy Christ said,
He's had years to make himself believe it enough to pass a polygraph.

Or maybe he's just a sociopath. They do not respond to questioning in the same way 'normal' people do.

hairbautt said,
I had to do two of them for my employment.

Wow. If you worked for a government in security-related areas I could understand that, but if you did not, I think it's wrong to hold employees to this kind of things.

ajua said,

Wow. If you worked for a government in security-related areas I could understand that, but if you did not, I think it's wrong to hold employees to this kind of things.

Since they are proven inaccurate and inadmissible in court because of it, I think it's clearly illegal and discriminatory to do use them. I wonder if anyone has ever filed suit to challenge them?

excalpius said,

Since they are proven inaccurate and inadmissible in court because of it, I think it's clearly illegal and discriminatory to do use them. I wonder if anyone has ever filed suit to challenge them?


It's illegal and covered by the EPPA, but does not apply for government employers. So I'm assuming he's government or government security contractor, in either case it's legal.

Yeah, it doesn't really matter that he passed a polygraph test. It's been proven that it's not a scientific way of telling if someone's telling the truth, and you can easily fool a polygraph test just by tightening the muscles of your sphincter. Many large arteries exist around the anal sphincter, so by tightening the muscles, the arteries will constrict, raising your blood pressure, and registering a lie on the test.

Even Penn & Teller's done an episode of Bulls**t on it: https://antipolygraph.org/cgi-...rums/YaBB.pl?num=1247844645

Indeed. In fact, this only goes against his credibility. Since no judge will accept this legally, it's just for PR value, which calls everything into question.

If they guy is an experienced conman, he can beat the polygraph. Or if he genuinely believes what he is saying is true, even if legally he's wrong, or he's mentally ill, etc.

However, of course, if this is proven to be legally valid and true, I hope he gets his due compensation. It's pretty clear Zuckerberg built Facebook on the work, money, and ideas of a number of uncompensated individuals already.

So no one should be surprised that there are others, just as no one should be surprised that conmen will come out of the woodwork to make these claims as well. Time will tell.

excalpius said,
So no one should be surprised that there are others, just as no one should be surprised that conmen will come out of the woodwork to make these claims as well. Time will tell.
Hell, if passing a polygraph is all it takes to sway the judge then I'll be making a few of those claims myself. Time to get exercising those sphincter muscles!

drazgoosh said,
It'll be so funny if Mark loses it all. How will he shoot his own food from now on?

Hahaha nice reference +1