Ahmed Rushdie probably gets a lot fewer friend requests than Salman Rushdie.
He had to show a scan of his passport to get the account reactivated - but when he reappeared on Facebook, it was as Ahmed Rushdie.
Facebook gave in after the author wrote a series of angry Tweets to complain.
"Dear #Facebook, forcing me to change my FB name from Salman to Ahmed Rushdie is like forcing J. Edgar to become John Hoover.
"Or, if F. Scott Fitzgerald was on #Facebook, would they force him to be Francis Fitzgerald? What about F. Murray Abraham?"
The author says he received an apology from Facebook, and his better-known name has since been restored.