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Salman Rushdie Victorious over Facebook in Real-Name Policy

British Indian author Salman Rushdie has proclaimed victory over Facebook's draconian real name policy.

According to BBC (opens in new tab), the author used Twitter to take on Facebook and force it to yield to his wishes.

Rushdie, who ran a live commentary of his battle with Facebook on Twitter, said that the problem began when Facebook suspended his account as it thought he was an impostor.

The account was activated only when Rushdie sent a copy of his passport. However, once the account was activated, it was in the name of Ahmed Rushdie, which is the author's first name. Rushdie tried to explain that his middle name ‘Salman' was known around the world and he would like to use it on the account, but to no avail.

"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?," he tweeted.

Finally, when he took the fight to Twitter, Facebook decided to bend to his will and relent. "Victory! #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!" he tweeted.

[Image courtesy: Telegraph UK (opens in new tab)]

Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.