Well, here’s a tidbit of social media celebrity gossip for you: Salman Rushdie—yes, the Salman Rushdie— is upset with Facebook, and he’s taken to Twitter to get things straightened out.
According to Gothamist, “the whole thing started when, two days ago, Facebook decided to cancel Rushdie’s account because they didn’t believe it was actually him.” As Gothamist writer Garth Johnston reports, Rushdie sent Facebook a copy of his passport to prove his identity. After a frustrating back-and-forth between Facebook customer support, Rushdie did what any outspoken author would do: he took to Twitter.
Shortly after, Facebook reinstated Rushdie’s account, but insisted that he use the name Ahmed in his profile, which appears before “Salman” on his passport. Rushdie says he’s never used this first name, and he didn’t want to use it on Facebook either.
The Gothamist reports that Rushdie wrote this on his Facbeook wall:
To make his point, Rushdie then compiled a tweet-sized list of people who also go by there last names:
Finally, Rushdie got what he wanted—a Facebook account with his celebrity name. He thanked Twitter for the victory:
Facebook has since released an official statement, saying that the action of deleting Rushdie’s account “was taken in error, and Mr. Rushdie’s account has been reactivated with the correct name. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.”
Our friends @Mashable have put together a slideshow of tweets showing the whole story unfold.