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Israeli entrepreneur wanted to see Facebook sue 'Mark Zuckerberg'

December 16, 2011 |  1:02 pm

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The entrepreneur who legally changed his name to Mark Zuckerberg says he has received mostly "funny reactions" since his story appeared on television news in Israel on Thursday evening.

"I've had a flooding of phone calls, as well from people I haven't seen for years. The people I did talk to think it's a mad idea, but take it with a smile," Rotem Guez -- a.k.a. Mark Zuckerberg -- wrote in an email.

"It's amusing, you know, because I'm so small while Facebook's huge," he added.

The 32-year-old entrepreneur, who says he also runs an online marketing company and a bailiff company, came up with the idea to change his name to Mark Zuckerberg after Facebook sued him.

"I wanted that once they sue me, they'll face suing 'Mark Zuckerberg,'" he said.

He says Facebook accused him of selling fictitious "likes," but he says they came from real users.

"The idea was, if only 'Mark Zuckerberg' is allowed to sell likes, then for that matter, I'm 'Mark Zuckerberg,'" he said.

Has he heard anything from Facebook about his name change?

"Yes, a few hours ago, my personal profile was disabled," he said. 

No word from Facebook on whether it suspended his Facebook account. In a written statement, a spokesman said: "Protecting the people who use Facebook is a top priority and we will take action against those who violate our terms."

Here's a recap on the strange story of the entrepreneur who would be Mark Zuckerberg.

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-- Jessica Guynn

Photo: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg greets a student as he arrives to speak at Harvard University in November. Photo credit: Kelvin Ma / Bloomberg

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