Salman Rushdie Fights Facebook, Wins
The Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie is an enthusiastic tweeter. He often prompts his followers to play games like "Literary Smackdowns" (Joan Didion vs. Susan Sontag, for example), and today he started a new one: blasting Mark Zuckerberg. Facebook deactivated Rushdie's page, thinking it wasn't real. Rushdie sent in a copy of his passport to prove it was him and Facebook reinstated the page with his first name, Ahmed, instead of Salman.
"Ahmed" was pissed.
And he won, not surprisingly:
It's easy to make Facebook listen when you're rich and famous.
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