Salman Rushdie is having problems getting people to believe that his Internet self is the same as his human self. When Rushdie joined Twitter a few months ago, the Twitteverse questioned the man behind the @salmanrushdie1 handle. But eventually Rushdie had his account verified by Twitter and got an impostor to hand the over more legitimate @SalmanRushdie account. One social network down, and now another one to go: The world-famous writer is now dealing with Facebook on separate identification issues.
It only took an hour of Twitter complaining, but Facebook has given Rushdie back his proper Facebook identity. Similar to Rushdie's Twitter woes, Rushdie had problems getting people to believe he was the man behind the Salman Rushdie Facebook page. Facebook deactivated the profile until Rushdie proved his identity. After Rushdie handed over his passport, Facebook allowed Rushdie to continue his regular Facebook activities. But in a twist of irony, the social network now won't let him use his name, instead changing the account to reflect the name that appears first on his passport, Ahmed. Rushdie took to Twitter to complain, baiting Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg to fix things, again, ironically tweeting at a faux Mark Zuckerberg twitter account. "NOW... They have reactivated my FB page as 'Ahmed Rushdie,'in spite of the world knowing me as Salman. Morons. @MarkZuckerbergF? Are you listening?," Rushdie tweeted.