Pradeep Manukonda Files Defamation Lawsuit Against Mark Zuckerberg In India


The first time I wrote about Pradeep Manukonda in February 2011, it was because Mark Zuckerberg filed a restraining order against him.  Zuckerberg filed legal papers saying that Manukonda tried to follow, surveil, and contact him using language that had threatened his personal safety.

Manukonda allegedly showed up to Facebook’s headquarters to find Mark Zuckerberg to ask for financial assistance.  A judge ordered Manukonda to stay at least 300 yards away from Mark Zuckerberg, his sister Randi Zuckerberg, and his wife Priscilla.

TMZ did an interview with Manukonda and he revealed that he was a peaceful guy that was dealing with personal problems and just wanted Zuckerberg’s advice.

After the restraining order was filed, Manukonda’s image was tarnished.  NMA even gave him the animation treatment.  Now Manukonda is suing Mark Zuckerberg for defamation.

Essentially Manukonda started working at a company called Pillar Data System in San Jose.  He approached Zuckerberg to tell him about his services and had applied to work at Facebook as a Securty Analyst.

Manukonda created a website called www.myfacebooksocialnetwork.com and supposedly a Facebook employee went to Manukonda’s house and threatened him with dire consequences if he did not agree to Facebook’s terms such as branding him as a hacker and stalker.  It appears that Manukonda is seeking the equivalent of $5,715,520 based on loss of salary due to his tarnished image, future earnings losses, future increments, “mental agony,” and loss from website business in Indian rupees since he lives back in India now.  The case has been filed in the court of District Sessions Judge Ranga Reddy District Court at LB Nagar Hyderabad, India 500074.

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Pradeep Manukonda Files Defamation Lawsuit Against Mark Zuckerberg In India Comments

  1. Born to be King says:

    Jago India Jago,wake up and walk with such a person who wants to shine Indians in this present world(IT World)………
    He is the Luminous Body….dont u want to glitter like him for India….

  2. Rajju Bhai says:

    We should Appriciate our Indian Talented guy…Hate Mark Zukerberg who played cheap tricks to conquer our Indian Talents….shame on Mark Zukerberg……
    Encourage our Indian Talent….

  3. murali says:

    We must give Applause for the courage shown my pradeep and decide to confront with Facebook Menace, Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying “I WILL TRY AGAIN TOMORROW” keeps rocking and let the world know about the Indian talent

  4. shiva says:

    Great innovations need to be encouraged and Facebook is recognised as a good social networking portal and its CEO should not indulge in these kind of cheating tricks and spoil the brand name

  5. srinivas says:

    Yes, pradeep we are with you…

  6. Raj says:

    Damages claims should be in millions of US Dollars these corporate goons thinks they can crush budding talent from India with the money power they have. They want the Indian professionals to work for them as donkeys and feel threatened for their existence when some one like this guy pradeep comes with better idea of controlling fake accounts.
    Mark should be ashamed for this act against pradeep

  7. bk says:

    If pradeep was a US citizen by now he would be an owning a company this is truely a racial act done by Mark and his team.
    Mark should have encouraged such a talent after he has also started from small idea. Grow up Mark

  8. Manas says:

    There should stringent laws framed againt the social networking sites. Alast some indian talent has come up tweaking the wide spread of fake accounts on the internet through which the facebook is generating huge revenue by cheating their sponsers by showing the huge fake user head count and facebook is trying to tarnish the image such talent

  9. Joel says:

    Facebook is good social networking site but it should not behave like such heinous act towards indian talents.

    Pradeep you are indian gem dude……keep going.

  10. Sandeep says:

    Well done Pradeep!!!

    You efforts wont go vanish..we are with you.
    Mark…shame on your side…

  11. baba sk says:

    why this kolaveri Mark Zuherberg this shows how sick and insecure you are about your facebook ,whatever the threats and security issues we are facing now on facebook Mr.pradeep pointed out in few years back…..that is our indian talent now this is the time as an indians we should stand for pradeep. Go india go…………

  12. Naresh reddy gurram says:

    Facebook is good social networking site but it should not behave like such heinous act towards indian talents.

    Pradeep you are indian gem dude……keep going.

  13. Suman says:

    People Don’t CHANGE When You Tell Them A Better OPTION, But They CHANGE When There Is No OPTION…!! I hope Mark Zuckerberg take it this time. Keep up the good work Manukonda we are all with you

  14. shiva says:

    Well done Pradeep!!!

    You efforts wont go vanish..we are with you.
    Mark…shame on your side…

  15. shanker says:

    We should Appriciate our Indian Talented guy…Hate Mark Zukerberg who played cheap tricks to conquer our Indian Talents….shame on Mark Zukerberg……
    Encourage our Indian Talent….

  16. kalyankrishna says:

    We should Appriciate our Indian Talented guy & encourage for future needs to develop our country….. so support him guys coz INDIA IS GREAT & INDIANS R SOOOOOO TALENTED IN ALL SECTORS think once my friends

  17. anitha says:

    we support u pradeep…… all r with u

  18. Narsing says:

    The Tree Does Not Withdraw Its Shade From The Woodcutter, So Forgive The People Who Hurt You…They Will Realize Your Worth. . ” pradeep we Indian are known for our generosity and kindness

  19. King says:

    When Will People Understand that Words Can Cut As Sharply As Any Blade & That Those Cuts Leave Scars Upon Our Souls. False Facebook posting really disturbs person’s thinking. All the best buddy may be our court really appreciate the efforts of pradeep action against Mark Zuckerberg

  20. Amit Chowdhry says:

    I side with Pradeep in the sense that he deserves some sort of compensation for his tarnished image from this whole incident. However he was wrong for allegedly stalking Zuckerberg after a job interview with the company.

    However some of you in this comment thread needs to understand something. Zuckerberg does not hate Indians. He has made many of them wealthy. Many Indians were early employees in Facebook and are now millionaires.

    • Raj says:

      Amit i had heard of pradeep when i was in US. Since then i have few questions running in mind
      why was the stalking case againt pradeep never went for the Trail?
      what made Mark to make the case settle outside the court?
      and i would also like to know if all of a sudden your photo appear in facebook with some other name and portray you as a anti social element or psychopath etc what would be your reaction?
      Recently there was news in BBC that there are around 83Million fake accounts in facebook . As an IT professional based on such huge no of fake accounts I can definitely say that these accounts are not created by any individual unless there is something fishy happening at the face book site

    • murali says:

      http://www.scribd.com/doc/106163159/WHY-FACEBOOK-FEEL-PRADEEP-MANUKONDA-PROJECT-IS-RIVAL-TO-THEM

  21. kumar says:

    Yes, pradeep we are with you…

  22. anil says:

    we support u pradeep…… all r with u

  23. kk says:

    Well done Pradeep!!!

    You efforts wont go vanish..we are with you.
    Mark…shame on your side

  24. Vipin Shetty says:

    Think over It, Opinions Are like Wrist Watches. Everyone’s Watch Shows Different Time. But, Everyone Believes That Their Time Is Correct. Let the true one win the battle, my wishes are with the both pradeep and Mark

  25. Meheresh Kumar Pothkan says:

    We support you. Lets the truth win. Pradeep we are with you.

  26. Mahi says:

    If your eyes are positive U would like all the people in the world, But If your tongue is positive all the people in the world will like U… (-: Keep this in your mind ,a small suggestion for mark zuckerberg

  27. Komal says:

    Let World knows about Mark Z other side of dark face. Pradeep you are a champ man……. I will support you…

    All the best.

  28. Priya says:

    Thanks pradeep ur bringing Zekerburg Inner face to the world. we are with you….

    Thank you very much…. request all my indian brothers and sisters support him..

  29. srini says:

    Teach a lesson with this defamation case to Mark so that in future he will not play these kind of cheap games with anybody….

    all the best…truth always wins….

    Cheers..

  30. Arora says:

    Keep u r HEAD up so that people know you are afraid of no one, But…keep u r EYES down so that you are known to be a respectable person!!! pradeep

  31. Chouhaan says:

    A Strong & Positive Attitude Creates More Miracles Than Any Other Thing Because Life Is 10% How You Make It & 90% How You Take It. So don’t comprise with the things ahead pradeep

  32. vicky says:

    This is a corporate world. Its obvious to eliminate the budding competitors that’s what Mark Z tried to do here.Pradeep all the Best let Mark z know what an indian can do

  33. Vandana says:

    Pradeep you really had a very hard time till now . its mark’s turn now

  34. uday kumar says:

    Well done Pradeep!!!

    You efforts wont go vanish..we are with you.
    Mark…shame on your side

  35. Srikanth says:

    Pradeep we are with you. Done a good job….
    Suggestion from my side to Mark Zukerberg si please grow-up mark….

  36. Mahi says:

    Well done Pradeep.

  37. Mahi says:

    Well done Pradeep.

    We are with you. Don’t give up.

  38. Gary says:

    Latest News ! Came to know that Court order them to submit their legal Counter papers by September 10 2012 based on today’s (3 Sep) court proceeding!

  39. sunitha says:

    I will support to pradeep coz he is a talented guy and he is doing good on his side, guys we should support him a lotttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt…. so GO ONNNNNN and fight aganist wrong things which happend to pradeep.

  40. Parveen says:

    It’s not The Will To win But The will to Prepare to win That Makes the Difference … keep that in mind Pradeep manukonda

  41. Satya says:

    Don’t fear for facing failure in the first attempt, Because even the successful MATHS starts with “zero”

  42. Rajini says:

    What is success? In simple.Success is When your Signature becomes an Autograph. SO BE PREPARE PRADEEP GOOD DAY ARE AHEAD

  43. Jon says:

    Really? You all support a crazed stalker? Granted, I’m no fan of Facebook or Mark Z., but this Pradeep is even goofier than Mark.

  44. Sumanth says:

    Thanks gary for your update…….so very soon court will decide Facebook future…..here…

    Pradeep keep going…..

  45. hajee says:

    There is a saying in india that a bigger tree does not allow to grow a small tree under his shawods , thats what has happend to pradeep at this point of time as an indians we should atleast support pradeep, please do support…..

  46. Steve Mac says:

    Good interesting to hear someone filed case againest Mark.
    i knew that FB is having lots of fake accounts….

    Great job guy…

  47. shyam rao says:

    Nice, keep it up.. there’s alot more talent hidden in u, lot of Indians has to known about u
    Jago bhai logo. Teach him a good lesson brother, we r with u

  48. ramesh patil says:

    very well done pradeep, you pulled very key point in FB fake accounts.. keep going …. im with u..

  49. santhosh says:

    Facebook is good social networking site but it should not behave like such heinous act towards indian talents.
    There is a saying in india that a bigger tree does not allow to grow a small tree under his shawods , thats what has happend to pradeep at this point of time as an indians we should atleast support pradeep, please do support…..
    Here the Bigger TREE IS FACEBOOK & SMALL tReE is Think and Support My dear 1’s…………. Let’s Sa…………..Pt okay

  50. Raj says:

    What transpired between these two exactly? The whole case sounds far-fetched and suspicious to me. Is there something they are not saying yet?

  51. murali says:

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/106163159/WHY-FACEBOOK-FEEL-PRADEEP-MANUKONDA-PROJECT-IS-RIVAL-TO-THEM

    please follow the document which is in the link which clearly states that pradeep project is rival to Facebook , Is that the reason between them to fight

  52. Smith says:

    what is cooking between these two guys ! Its the project work or sometime else . why Mark Z first file the lawsuit against pradeep and why he settle outside the court ? why pradeep file the law suit against Mark Z in India and what made pradeep and Mark Z silent about whole episode ? Is there any else secret !!

  53. Rajju says:

    Here find the new description about CEO of FB:

    Cheap Trciks and Cheap FB and Cheap CEO. Theft Others ideas include them in FB like Pradeep’s “IDEAS”……
    Keep playing dirty games and keep stabing and theft others talents…..
    So this is the story about No 1 SOCIAL NETWORKING SITE :
    F A C E B O O K

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