November 15, 2011 by staff
Rushdie Facebook, According to Reuters, Rushdie’s Facebook page, home to 116,000 fans, was deactivated by Facebook when they couldn’t obtain proof of his identity. According to the website, Facebook rectified the situation by reactivating the page under Ahmed Rushdie. Ahmed is the author’s first name on his passport and Salman is apparently his middle name. Upset by Facebook’s actions, Rushdie aimed his frustration directly at Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, saying on his Twitter account, “Maybe @MarkZuckerbergF is a phony. Is the real #Zuckerbergon Twitter? Where are you hiding, Mark? Come out here and give me back my name!”
Not one to be deterred, Rushdie furthered his Twitter protest tweeting, “Or, if F. Scott Fitzgerald was on #Facebook, would they force him to be Francis Fitzgerald? What about F. Murray Abraham?” Who says persistence doesn’t pay? In addition to his tweets, Rushdie put in a few calls to Facebook customer service and was ultimately rewarded when Facebook restored his page to read Salman Rushdie.
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