FACEBOOK CEO Mark Zuckerberg is rumoured to have a secret ‘panic chute’ in his conference room which he can use to flee the building as quickly as possible.
Last year, the security plan for Zuckerberg and his family cost Facebook $10 million(£8 million) – as new details about the billionaire’s safeguarding emerge.
Zuckerberg gets 24/7 protection
Business Insider revealed these ‘panic chute’ rumours when reporting on Zuckerberg’s round-the-clock executive protection.
More than 70 people are now protected by an executive security team at Facebook, which is led by former US Secret Service special agent Jill Leavens Jones.
Due to Zuckerberg’s notoriety and having over 100 million followers on Facebook alone, he faces severe threats on a regular basis.
These threats include people threatening to kill him numerous times a week and stalkers who declare their undying love or harbour dangerous vendettas against the billionaire.
The billionaire has a bullet proof conference room
Zuckerberg actually works at a regular desk on an open plan floor at Facebook HQ but is said to always be surrounded by undercover security who pose as software engineers.
The Facebook office is situated above the company car park, but it is impossible to directly park a car underneath the CEO’s desk because of the threat of car bombs.
Zuckerberg also has access to a large glass-walled conference room that is near his desk.
This conference room is already known to be bullet-proof and features a panic button, but rumours among Facebook employees that it also contains a ‘panic chute’ have never actually been confirmed.
His security must protect him from weekly death threats
Facebook have declined to comment on the potential escape route, but one source said it leads to the car park so that the tech billionaire can be evacuated quickly.
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg also has 24/7 protection due to similar threats and stalkers.
Their stalkers are referred to as ‘BOLOs’ which is short for Be On the Look Out and these BOLOs are banned from all Facebook property.
If these stalkers use Facebook or other apps owned by Zuckerberg then his security team may secretly use data from the apps to map a stalker’s location.
Zuckerberg works in an open plan office at Facebook HQ
No one is allowed to take unauthorised photos of Zuckerberg or his office at Facebook HQ and any unsolicited gifts will not be opened by him.
Zuckerberg isn’t the only tech billionaire to require such high levels of security.
In 1998, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates had a cream pie thrown at his face.