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Salman Rushdie’s Facebook Name Changed To Ahmed Rushdie

November 15, 2011 by staff 

Salman Rushdie’s Facebook Name Changed To Ahmed Rushdie, For a few hours on Monday morning, Salman Rushdie had just about had it with Facebook. The social media site had detected a profile over the weekend—his Facebook profile—that it had mistakenly determined was fraudulent. So, without warning, Facebook flipped its switch, digitally executing Rushdie’s profile and removing it from the site. To get it reactivated, he was told, he would have to send a photograph of his passport, thereby proving his identity as the real Salman Rushdie, the Indian-British author of Midnight’s Children and The Satanic Verses, and not a fraud. But when he did as instructed, his profile emerged from its Facebook purgatory with a problem.

“Facebook deactivated my account because they thought I wasn’t me,” he explained on the site. “Now they insist I call myself by the first name I have never used. What a bunch of morons.”

That rarely used first name, Ahmed, is what’s printed on his passport. Salman, technically speaking, is his middle name. And a post about “name standards” on Facebook’s Help Center—which the company on Monday acknowledged is a bit dated and then quickly updated after a query by The Daily Beast—suggested that middle names simply aren’t allowed.

“Facebook is a community where people use their real identities. We require everyone to provide their real first and last names so you always know who you’re connecting with,” it said.

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