Facebook Is Blue Because Mark Zuckerberg Is Colorblind

The CEO explained the site's color scheme on Russian television

By Barbara E. Hernandez
|  Monday, Jan 27, 2014  |  Updated 11:55 AM EDT
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Why Facebook Is Blue: Zuckerberg Is Colorblind

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Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive and co-founder of Facebook, is interviewed on a Russian late-night television program.

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Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg showed up on Russian late-night television talking about his latest meeting with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and why he chose blue for Facebook.

Zuckerberg's remarks in English were translated to Russian by a female voice-over, according to CNET. "It was a lot of fun. We had an interesting conversation," he said of Medvedev. "He's very supportive of developing the technology industry here in Russia. We're really excited about this too. A lot of what I came here to do is talk to developers and engineers and entrepreneurs who are going to build stuff using Facebook and build a lot of new Russian companies."

Zuckerberg also opened up about his life, saying the reason why he wears so many T-shirts is because he was forced to wear a boarding school uniform for so long. He also explained why he chose Facebook's blue color scheme.

"I'm colorblind. Blue is the color I see best," he said.

The interview gave the public a glimpse of the private Zuckerberg. It's somehow a little appealing that billionaire Zuckerberg has a weakness — colorblindness — that makes him a little more human. However, the knowledge that he went to boarding school makes him a little less approachable.

 

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