Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has increased the number of security guards protecting him and his family.
The 31-year-old billionaire has reportedly required his bodyguards to work in day and night shifts to protect his $7 million mansion in Palo Alto, California. Several people from the group do their work during daytime, while the others guard the house at night.
"He has guards over at his place," said an insider in the area.
Mark Zuckerberg now has 16 bodyguards at his $7m California home https://t.co/ilZtahmT8zAccording to a report by Page Six, some bitter and heartbroken Facebook users are blaming the popular social media site for the breakdown of their romantic relationships.
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) February 15, 2016
Facebook has long been considered a primary reason for third-party involvement in romantic relationships. Some people try to hide their affairs on Facebook, which eventually get found out, resulting in bad – and very public – breakups.
Because of this, both victims and offenders have held Facebook responsible for the consequences of their indiscretions.
In fact, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers said that Facebook is partly to be blamed for the countless breakups that originate and persist with the help of social media.
"Facebook holds the distinction of being the unrivaled leader for online divorce evidence," it said.
Facebook is becoming a leading cause of rows between couples leading to divorces. https://t.co/fwiqIrtkhvEmma Patel, who is the head of family law at Hart Scales & Hodges Solicitors, added that the social media giant is acting like a "virtual third party" in divorces and legal separations.
— Samar Arfeen (@samararfeen1985) February 15, 2016
But despite the brewing anger against Mark Zuckerberg, when it comes to relationship woes brought about by Facebook, it appears that he is not the only tech executive that is bolstering personal security.
Other executives in Silicon Valley are reportedly quietly increasing their security in the midst of "unstable" social media users.
"You're touching hundreds of millions of people," an unknown Silicon Valley source pointed out in an interview.
"All the CEOs get threats, and they take them very seriously," the insider added.
The threats may be minor, but the executives are not taking any chances because their family members are being involved.
Meanwhile, Zuckerberg's bodyguards are allegedly annoying the Facebook founder's neighbors in Palo Alto.
Last month, his neighbors in the California neighborhood accused his security detail of "permanently" and "illegally" taking up two parking spaces in their area.
Mark Zuckerberg -- Neighbors Complain... Your Security Team Is Hogging All the Parking! https://t.co/HcujI9tRfBThe residents have already talked to the security guards and said in a post that the security personnel are cordial and courteous enough.
— TMZ (@TMZ) January 14, 2016
However, the security guards told them that they were instructed by their supervisors not to move their vehicles "under any circumstances."
Mark Zuckerberg hired his first security guard in 2011, which probably sufficed at the time. However, his fame and status have skyrocketed since then; hence the need for more a bigger security detail.
Zuckerberg is currently worth $47.1 billion, and is four times wealthier than the second-richest man in the US under 40 years of age, Facebook co-founder and college friend Dustin Moskovitz.
In his attempt to build a more secure home in California, not only did he buy the $7 million mansion, but he also reportedly spent $30 million on four other houses that surround his main home.
IRONY:King of snoop #MarkZuckerberg buys 4 neighbour houses for his own privacy. #Creep #cdnpoli #USpoli #facebook http://t.co/Qm4Pe65H6RZuckerberg allegedly found out that a real estate developer was planning to sell one of the houses and use his name to advertise the property to prospective buyers.
— Trudeau Watch (@the_anti_harper) September 14, 2014
Unfortunately, one of the house sellers filed a lawsuit against Mark Zuckerberg for backing out on an agreement, although the details of the suit were not specified.
Media outlets tried to ask a Facebook representative for comments, but the rep has yet to make any statements about the issue.
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