Indeed, this isn’t Facebook’s first trespass into the touchy realm of online identity.
Late last year, the company briefly changed the name on the account of award-winning novelist Salman Rushdie to reflect his never-used first name.
According to Washington Post's account, Rushdie explained, blow by blow, on Twitter how Facebook preemptively deactivated his account because it didn’t believe he was who he said he was. After receiving a copy of his passport, the company then said Rushdie would have to use his given first name, Ahmed. Further, Rushdie tweeted: “They have reactivated my FB page as ‘Ahmed Rushdie,’ in spite of the world knowing me as Salman. Morons!” Rushdie has expressed his hope that “ridicule by the Twitterverse will achieve what I can’t.”
Later, Rushdie reported on Twitter that Facebook had “buckled,” adding, “I feel SO much better. An identity crisis at my age is no fun. Thank you, Twitter!” He, then, updated his account to say that he had received an apology from Facebook.
George Haber, however, is no Salman Rushdie – or even Ahmed Haber! He’s still waiting for Facebook’s apology, and not holding his breath. So are many others.
Haber remains shaken by Facebook’s erasure of his Facebook page. He has since posted a second message (which is still there) as follows.
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@Battar - You've hit on a real key point here. We pay for our electricity, Internet service, water, gas, car, food, clothing, roads, fire protection, police and other services. We don't pay for Facebook, Google or most anything on the Internet.
Realistically, Facebook, Linkedin, Google and all of those other free site give an incredible amount of value for essentially nothing. We may have cause to be frustrated and stop using the service, but we really don't have much cause to complain to an organization that we voluntarily participate in that gives service for free.
Anybody who is stupid enough to put all their private details on one page and blindly believe that corporate facebook has their best interests in mind is an idiot and a fool.
Facebook is looking to ultimately profit and the only way they can do that is to sell your data to advertisers & marketers. By giving them your information freely, you are endorsing them to use/sell your information as they see fit. Don't blame facebook for your security woes, you are your own worst enemy.
I think George should contact Facebook and ask for his money back.
Well, you can't really "demand" any kind of service which no one asked you to pay for. Social networking is an option, not a requirement, carries risks and should be used carefully.
I failed to mention I received a notification when I attempted to log in that I had to provide a phone numer for them to call or text for verification. I refused to enter the information, so within a week my page had disappeared.
So they neglect to pull down a page someone has reported to them as being a stolen identity and remove all comments regarding the fraud, but they had no problem deleting my REAL page because I didn't want to give them my phone number? I fail to see the logic behind that.