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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Stalked on His Own Website

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has allegedly been stalked on his very own social networking site. Zuckerberg has taken out a restraining order on 31 year old man Pradeep Manukonda, who he claims has been threatening his safety.

Facebook cites a number of legal documents which claim Mr Manukonda attempted to "follow, surveil and contact Mr Zuckerberg using language threatening his personal safety". A judge has ordered Mr Manukonda to stay at least 300 metres away from the Facebook CEO, his sister, and his girlfriend. A hearing into this matter has been scheduled for February 22.
Mark Zuckerberg

It seems Mr Manukonda's unwanted attention has been taking place both online and offline. The man was arrested at Mr Zuckerberg's home, although he was released with a warning. He also sent flowers and a hand written note to the CEO which said "I am indeed very grateful to you. If I get a chance to work with you in the near future it would be my honour. I know I am working with a man of values. Thank you for being a source of inspiration to all of us."

The alleged stalker also tried to track Mr Zuckerberg down at Facebook offices in California, and wrote messages to Mr Zuckerberg and his sister on Facebook wall posts, including "I owe entire my life [sic] at your service .. please help me, then I am ready to die for you."

This alleged stalking is the latest event in a very public few months for Mark Zuckerberg. In December last year he was named Time Magazine Person of the Year, followed shortly after by the release of the movie The Social Network based on the birth of the Facebook empire. It seems unwanted attention by one known person can have a very different effect to the attention of millions of anonymous people.

Perhaps he should have set his privacy settings better.
source : geekwithlaptop