Twitter today helped writer Salman Rushdie restore his Facebook identity, two days after his page was taken down by the company in an overzealous attempt at enforcing the real-name policy.
“The Satanic Verses” author tweeted shortly before noon that Facebook had removed his page because the company didn't believe the page was really his. “I had to send a photo of my passport page,” he tweeted. “They have reactivated my FB page as 'Ahmed Rushdie,' in spite of the world knowing me as Salman. Morons.”
Salman is actually the writer's middle name.
By around 1 p.m., Rushdie added that he had attempted to resolve the matter with Facebook -- to no avail. “Have been trying to get somebody at Facebook to respond. No luck. Am now hoping that ridicule by the Twitterverse will achieve what I can't,” he said on the microblogging service.
It did. Shortly after that tweet, Facebook restored his account. “Victory,” he declared on Twitter. “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!”