Facebook reportedly disables account of attorney Mark S. Zuckerberg [Updated]
That's because the world's largest social networking website has shut down the lawyer's personal Facebook account.
The attorney told WishTV in Indianapolis that Facebook recently removed his personal page because they thought he was lying about his name, a problem he's run into before with the Palo Alto-based company.
"I was originally denied an account with Facebook two years ago because of my name, and I had to send them copies of my driver’s license, birth certificate and Indianapolis Bar Assn. license just to get them to believe that I exist and to allow me to set up my page," Zuckerberg told the TV station in a statement.
The identity confusion also isn't limited to social networking troubles for the attorney, who was unavailable for comment directly to The Times' Technology blog on Wednesday.
As the Indianapolis Star reported in October, the lawyer owns Iammarkzuckerberg.com, a site dedicated to explaining that while he has the same name, he is indeed a different person than the Facebook creator.
"If you had Googled Mark Zuckerberg in 2004, you would have found me," the attorney writes on his website. "No one else. Mark S. Zuckerberg, bankruptcy attorney. If you had repeated the search two years later, you wouldn't have found me at all.
"Now my name isn't mine anymore. The website HowManyofMe.com claims that only 1 Mark Zuckerberg exists in the entire United States. Which one do you think they're counting?"
While Facebook has removed the lawyer's personal page, his Like page on the site, which is titled "Mark Zuckerberg | Bankruptcy Attorney Indianapolis" remains active, with more than 480 Facebook users having liked its business listing, which is also linked to the attorney's website, Zucklaw.com.
However, having a business page isn't the same as a personal account, and Zuckerberg told WishTV he's working to get the shut down turned around.
"We haven't gotten an answer from Facebook yet, and I hope it’s all just a misunderstanding on their part," Zuckerberg told the station.
[Updated 4:16 p.m.: A Facebook spokeswoman said in an email that Mark S. Zuckerberg's personal accounted has been restored and is back up and running.
"Our reviewers look at thousands of pieces of content a day that are reported to them and of course make an occasional mistake. When this happens, and we're notified about it, we work quickly to restore the content. We have reactivated this person's account and sent him an email apologizing for the inconvenience."]
-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Image: Attorney Mark S. Zuckerberg's Zucklaw.com website is up and running but his personal Facebook page has been shut down. Credit: Mark S. Zuckerberg