The Social Network

As we count down the days until the October 1 premiere of David Fincher’s unflinching look at the founding of Facebook, “The Social Network,” did Mark Zuckerberg take down the site and shut out about 500 million users to make a point?

If he did, it will go down in history as the gutsiest and most powerful action in the history of the World Wide Web. It also will show just how much power he now holds over people addicted to the posting, game-playing, know-no-boundaries spilling about your life network.

The company issued a statement, which I read online on the New York Times site, that said: “We’re currently experiencing some site issues causing Facebook to be slow or unavailable for some users. We are working to resolve this issue as quickly as possible.”

Are they technical issues, or a test of just how many people will side with Zuckerberg rather than lose their Farmville farms, Mafia territory and Lexulous games?

Stay tuned.