Salman Rushdie, the award winning author of Midnight's Children, has had a bit of a social networking issue. Facebook had deleted his account this past weekend and in response, he sent the social network a copy of his passport to prove he was who he was. He got the boot again from Facebook saying that he could not use his name 'Salman' (his full legal name is Ahmed Salman Rushdie). Even though Rushdie kept requesting Facebook to reinstate his account, the social network did not comply with the author. So then he pitted one social network against another.
That which we call a rose by any other name…
Rushdie posted on his Twitter account, “Amazing. 2 days ago FB deactivated my page saying they didn't believe I was me. I had to send a photo of my passport page… Then they said yes I was me, but insisted I use the name Ahmed which I have never used. NOW they have ractivated my page as “Ahmed Rushdie“, in spite of the world knowing me as Salman”. He said all of this over the course of three tweets of course. Gaining support from Twitter ensured that Facebook would finally behave itself. He tweeted that Facebook finally complied and added that an identity crisis at his age is no fun. He mentioned other famous people that use their middle names as their given names like Paul McCartney and Brad Pitt. Facebook later even apologized to Rushdie to which he responded saying, “All is sweetness and light.”
Publish date: November 15, 2011 12:08 pm| Modified date: December 18, 2013 8:57 pm