15/11/2011 05:25 GMT | Updated 15/11/2011 05:29 GMT

Salman Rushdie Deploys Twitter In Name War With Facebook

Salman Rushdie has claimed an Internet “win” over social networking site Facebook.

The site, which has stringent naming policies, would not allow the world-renowned author, whose canon includes The Satanic Verses and Midnight’s Children, to use his middle name – Salman.

Instead, Facebook insisted he be called by his actual first name, Ahmed.

@SalmanRushdie took to twitter to publicise his dismay:


Having been re-tweeted by a number of Rushdie’s followers, Facebook finally relented and allowed the 64-year-old to use his more familiar moniker.