Mark Zuckerberg Obtains Restraining Order Against Facebook Stalker (Report)
The site's founder says his safety is being threatened by a man who has continues to ask for money via Facebook messages and make appearances at his home and office.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has obtained a restraining order against a man who he claims is stalking him through the social-networking site and other means, TMZ reported.
According to legal documents, Zuckerberg claims that Pradeep Manukonda, 31, has made attempts to "follow, surveil and contact Mr. Zuckerberg using language threatening his personal safety" along with the safety of his girlfriend, Priscilla Chan, and sister Randi.
Law enforcement sources told TMZ that Manukonda had visited the Facebook offices in Palo Alto, Calif., in an effort to ask Zuckerberg for money, saying his family was struggling financially. He also was stopped by Facebook security outside Zuckerberg's home last month.
But Zuckerberg claims that Manukonda continued trying to make contact, sending not only letters but also flowers, with a handwritten letter.
He also wrote messages on Facebook to the Zuckerbergs, according to TMZ, which posted one directed at Mark Zuckerberg that reads in part (typos are Manukonda's): "I owe entire my life at your service .. please help me , then i am ready to die for you ... these are not just the words ... these are coming from my heart ... Please understand my pain .... "
He then pleads: "Please understand the urgency ...time is really running out me ... Please do the need ful thing."
A judge has reportedly ordered Manukonda to keep at least 300 yards' distance from Zuckerberg as well as Chan and his sister.
Another hearing is scheduled for later this month.