Rotem Guez changed his name to Mark Zuckerberg to see if Facebook will still sue a man with the same name as its founder. (Photo: MarkZuckerbergOfficial.com
JERUSALEM (The Blaze/AP) — People change their names for a variety of reasons, but this one may be one for the books. Rotem Guez changed his name to that of Facebook’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg, in order to avoid legal action from the company.
Israeli entrepreneur says he has legally changed his name to that of Facebook’s CEO, a gimmick meant to persuade the social networking site to back down from what he says are threats to take legal action against him.
He’s telling Facebook: “If you want to sue me, you’re going to have to sue Mark Zuckerberg.”
He says a lawyer for Facebook pressed him this week to close his online business Like Store, calling it illegal. Like Store promises to enhance companies’ online reputations by offering Facebook users free content only accessible by clicking “like” on the companies’ profiles.
Watch “IAmMarkZuckerberg”’s YouTube video of an exchange he apparently had while trying to change his name:
Facebook declined to comment specifically on the name change, but said it was going after those who violate the company’s terms as part of efforts to protect users.
Learn more about Rotem Guez, er, Mark Zuckerberg here.