Facebook director calls for an end to internet anonymity

Daily Mail
28.07.2011
By Daily Mail Reporter

‘It has to go away’: Facebook director calls for an end to internet anonymity

Facebook’s marketing director has called for an end to on-line anonymity, saying internet users would ‘behave a lot better’ if everyone had to use real names when surfing or posting on the internet.

Randi Zuckerberg, Facebook’s marketing director and sister of multi-millionaire founder Mark, made the comments during a round table discussion on cyber bullying.

The ubiquitous social networking site, which has been at the centre of recent controversy over internet privacy and bullying issues, currently requires all its members to use their real names and emails when signing on.

Mrs Zuckerberg argued the end of on-line anonymity could help curb the trend of trolling and harassment on the web.

Speaking at a Marie Claire panel discussion on social media, she said: ‘ I think anonymity on the Internet has to go away.

‘People behave a lot better when they have their real names down. … I think people hide behind anonymity and they feel like they can say whatever they want behind closed doors.’

The comments echo those of former Google CEO Eric Schmidt who has previously labelled internet anonymity a ‘dangerous’ precedent, before predicting government intervention will one day lead to its demise.

Privacy advocates have however condemned previous attempts to dismantle on-line anonymity.

Critics complain that the forced introduction of some kind of ‘on-line passport’ would damage the freedom of speech and blunt the internet as a tool for dissidents to speak up against oppressive governments.

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