Not So Friendly FacebookingFebruary 8, 2011 - 3:20 PM | by: Laura Ingle
It’s a social networking situation that has gone beyond a simple “friend request” or “poke.” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg claims that 31-year old Pradeep Manukonda is stalking him. According to TMZ.com, Manukonda tried to “follow, surveil, and contact” him using language threatening his personal safety.
TMZ reports, one of Manukonda’s alleged menacing messages read, “Please help me, then I am ready to die for you…” he continues, “please understand my pain.” The messages didn’t stop with Zuckerberg, Manukonda also reached out to Zuckerberg’s sister Randi. Manukonda posted a message to her that read, “Dear Randi please respond, before its get too late … I am sorry to bother you, which is not at all concern to you, every second is precious to me … Please understand the urgency and do the needful thing … Please do respond I really need your help … My dear sister thanks (sic).”
Manukonda was also looking to get some real life face time with Zuckerberg, showing up at Zuckerberg’s Palo Alto office and his home, looking for advice and money. He even sent him flowers with a hand written note. A spokesperson with the Palo Alto, California police department, tells Fox News officers admonished Manukonda to stay away after he showed up at Facebook headquarters, but did not arrest him.
Facebook’s manager of public policy communications Andrew Noyes tells Fox News, there is a restraining order against Manukonda, but will not give further details on the case. California’s stalking law states, anyone who willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly follows or willfully and maliciously harasses another person and who makes a credible threat with the intent to place that person in reasonable fear for his or her own safety, can be charged with stalking. If Manukonda is charged with stalking, he could face up to one year in jail and or 1,000 dollars in fines.
For now, a California judge has ordered the 31-year old to stay at least 300 yards away from Zuckerberg, his girlfriend Priscilla, and his sister Randi, pending a hearing on the issue February 22nd.