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groovedaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 03:15 PM
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Rushdie Runs Afoul of Web’s Real-Name Police
SAN FRANCISCO — The writer Salman Rushdie hit Twitter on Monday morning with a flurry of exasperated posts. Facebook, he wrote, had deactivated his account, demanded proof of identity and then turned him into Ahmed Rushdie, which is how he is identified on his passport. He had never used his first name, Ahmed, he pointed out; the world knows him as Salman.

Would Facebook, he scoffed, have turned J. Edgar Hoover into John Hoover?

“Where are you hiding, Mark?” he demanded of Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, in one post. “Come out here and give me back my name!”

The Twitterverse took up his cause. Within two hours, Mr. Rushdie gleefully declared victory: “Facebook has buckled! I’m Salman Rushdie again. I feel SO much better. An identity crisis at my age is no fun.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/15/technology/hiding-or-...
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Posteritatis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 03:16 PM
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1. Pretty sure Facebook isn't the entire Web. (nt)
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Angry Dragon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 03:21 PM
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2. to some it is the whole universe
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Book Lover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 03:28 PM
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3. Pretty sure Facebook is where many, many authors do outreach to their readers (nm)
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Tunkamerica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 10:09 PM
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4. pretty sure you missed the point
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Book Lover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 05:38 PM
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5. I'm perfectly willing to admit when I'm wrong - so educate me
The point is what exactly? Thanks in advance.
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-11 06:39 AM
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Make7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-27-11 08:43 PM
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8. I wonder what was in that deleted message? ( n/t )
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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-27-11 09:04 PM
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9. Damn, so you can!
I could have sworn I tried this and failed a long time ago.
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Mazdak Donating Member (14 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-11 10:08 AM
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7. Facebook is getting so bureaucratic it's ridiculous
My cousin's uses his middle name too. His middle name is Joseph, but he goes by "Joe" for short, because my uncle's first name is the same as his. Their legal first names are both "Daniel". Facebook forced him to send a copy of his driver's license and he had to temporarily change his name to "Dan J. -----"

I don't understand why Facebook is so uptight about things. No doubt this gives certain people a loophole to get those they don't like deleted from facebook, and I wouldn't be surprised if Rushdies self-proclaimed enemies were behind this.
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