It’s not the first time Zuckerberg has been the victim of stalking. Last year, technology website Gawker sent a paparazzo to trail the world’s 212th-richest man for a weekend as a protest against Facebook’s perceived lax attitude to users’ privacy. The photographer’s discoveries were pretty mundane: Zuckerberg attended Chinese lessons, went out one evening, and (most shockingly) wore the same faded grey t-shirt for several days in a row. Who'd have thunk it?
Facebook has been fiercely criticised for a catalogue of changes it’s made to its privacy settings since its inception (most notably, by automatically making all profiles public), to which Zuckerberg has mainly responded with indifference. The company’s attitude was nicely encapsulated by New York Times writer Nick Bilton, who tweeted last year that when asked how Zuckerberg feels about privacy, an anonymous employee had merely responded with: ‘he doesn’t believe in it’.
However, now he's experienced a frightening invasion of privacy at close quarters, perhaps he'll be more sympathetic to calls to start reining in his creation. Or he could just ramp up his privacy settings?