Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is being mocked on social media over claims he instructs his to staff blow-dry his armpits before public appearances.
The bizarre claim is from a new book, Facebook: The Inside Story by Steven Levy, which is set for release later this month.
A review of the book included the anecdote about Zuckerberg asking a member of his communication team dry his "anxiety sweat" before a speech. Perhaps it was one of the many times he got grilled by Congress?
But don’t get too excited, because a Facebook spokesperson has cast doubt on the story's accuracy.
Liz Bourgeois, a Facebook spokesperson, said:
I doubt this is true, and if so, it would have been at our communications team's request, but surely anyone who has ever worn a grey T-shirt can relate.
Obviously, given the ridiculous mental images of grey T-shirt aficionado Zuckerberg – one of the world’s richest men – having a staff member blow dry his armpits, the story has caused a stir on social media.
Other tech moguls have been quick to poke fun at the Facebook CEO. Twitter's chief executive Jack Dorsey posted that he had never asked his staff to dry his armpits, but would be willing to do it for one of them. Aww... how... sweet?
@sarahfrier @NickPacilio I haven’t, but I’d be happy to provide that service for anyone on our comms team if needed.
The book's author, Steven Levy, is the editor at large for technology magazine Wired. To write the book, he apparently had access to Zuckerberg's personal diary from 2006. Current and former employees were also interviewed.