Facebook is known for many things, most notably stalking ex-lovers and former classmates. Now it’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg, has been strangely affected by his own social network!
Zuckerberg filed a restraining order against a 31-year-old Facebook user who he claims had been stalking him through the popular website. In legal docs, Zuckerberg said Pradeep Manukonda, tried to “follow, surveil and contact Mr. Zuckerberg using language threatening his personal safety” … and the safety of his girlfriend and his sister.
Pradeep had also personally visited several Facebook offices in Palo Alto attempting to contact Mark to ask for money for his financially-strapped family. On January 24th, Facebook security even caught the stalker on the front steps of Mark’s home!
At that time, authorities gave Pradeep a verbal warning but he continued to try to contact Zuckerberg and once sent flowers to his home with a hand-written letter on January 28.
In one of his disturbing Facebook messages to Mark, Pradeep wrote,
“please help me, then I am ready to die for you.” He continues, “Please understand my pain.”
Check out a screenshot of of the wall posts PLUS Pradeep’s public apology to Zuckerberg below:
According to TMZ, a judge has ordered Pradeep to stay at least 300 yards away from Mark, his sister Randi and his girlfriend Priscilla Chan pending a hearing later this month.
Pradeep has since apologized to Zuckerberg, issuing the following statement:
“I’m a peaceful guy … I’m sorry he thought I was trying to harm him,” Manukonda told the news and gossip website for an article posted early Tuesday. “I understand he’s a busy man … I’ll respect his privacy.”
Some say Facebook is the Devil and I guess Mark Zuckerberg has experienced it’s demons first hand. I expect more privacy measures implemented on the network reeeeal soon….