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'Twitterverse ridicule' helps Rushdie win Facebook name battle

It took about two hours of Twitter complaining, and Facebook eventually gave in, reactivating Rushdie's account with the preferred name and apologizing for the error.

Booker Prize-winning writer Salman Rushdie, embroiled in a battle with Facebook for suspending his profile over name discrepancy, defeated the social networking giant, thanks to a Twitter storm.

It happened over the weekend, when Facebook deactivated Rushdie's profile for apparently breaching its strict policy that insists a user’s profile name must reflect his “real name”.

Though born Ahmed Rushdie, the famous Indian-British author goes by his middle name Salman. After Rushdie sent over his passport to verify his identity Facebook reinstated his account but with his first name, Ahmed.

An irate Rushdie reportedly wrote on his Facebook wall, “Facebook deactivated my account because they thought I wasn’t me. Now they insist I call myself by the first name I have never used. What a bunch of morons.”

As I don’t and will never recognize myself as ‘Ahmed Rushdie’ I will be reducing FB activities to just about zero and cutting back my list of friends to actual friends or at least acquaintances, just to keep in touch. I’m done."

“Facebook has buckled! I’m Salman Rushdie again. I feel SO much better. An identity crisis at my age is no fun. Thank you Twitter!” -- Salman Rushdie.

Series of tweets
He continued his tirade on Twitter on Monday morning, firing a series of posts, asking Facebook's founder Mark Zuckerberg to fix things.

"Where are you hiding, Mark? Come out here and give me back my name!" he said.

Unable to elicit a response from the Facebook team, Rushdie resorted to, what he called, "ridicule by the Twitterverse."

Salman tweeted, "Dear #Facebook, forcing me to change my FB name from Salman to Ahmed Rushdie is like forcing J. Edgar to become John Hoover.”

"Or, if F. Scott Fitzgerald was on #Facebook, would they force him to be Francis Fitzgerald? What about F. Murray Abraham?"

Facebook apologizes
It took about two hours of Twitter complaining, and Facebook eventually gave in, reactivating Rushdie's account with the preferred name and apologizing for the error.

A victorious Rushdie exclaimed, “Facebook has buckled! I’m Salman Rushdie again. I feel SO much better. An identity crisis at my age is no fun. Thank you Twitter!

"Just received an apology from The #Facebook Team," he added. "All is sweetness and light."