Zuckerberg's sister takes aim at internet bullies
Facebook's marketing director and sister of founder Mark Zuckerberg has called for an end to online anonymity to help stop cyber-bullying.
Randi Zuckerberg said internet users would "behave a lot better" if people were forced to use their real names when communicating on the online. "I think anonymity on the internet has to go away," she said during a panel discussion on social media hosted by Marie Claire magazine.
"I think people hide behind anonymity and they feel like they can say whatever they want behind closed doors." Ms Zuckerberg added that the end of online anonymity could reduce harassment and "trolling" on the web.
The social-networking site with over 750 million members has been at the centre of a number of controversies over privacy – most recently when it installed facial-recognition software to identify people in photographs posted on the site. Facebook requires all its members to give their real names when they sign on to the site.
The proposals put forward by Ms Zuckerberg echo similar statements by the former head of Google, Eric Schmidt. Mr Schmidt has called online anonymity "dangerous" and predicted governments will eventually demand that people use their names for all online activity. Privacy advocates have condemned plans to remove online anonymity, saying it could make it harder for dissidents in countries with poor human-rights records to speak out.
The panel was joined by Erin Andrews, an ESPN anchor who has been the victim of cyber-bullying after a video of her, nude, was posted online by a stalker. Ms Andrews asked why searches for her name still brought up the images and video despite her efforts to have it removed. "It's still cyber-bullying. Somebody needs to step in. As a family we're always asking, what is it going to take?" she said.
Life & Style blogs
Video shows how to turn your phone into a 3D hologram
Gill Pharaoh: Healthy former nurse, 75, passes away at assisted dying clinic after deciding old age is 'awful'
Free porn websites could be shut down within months, says David Cameron
The difference between a psychopath and a sociopath
National Orgasm Day: Six reasons (plus one bogus one) why they're good for us
Yvette Cooper: Our choice is years of Tory rule under Jeremy Corbyn – or a return to a Labour government
Is Britain really full up? Are migrants taking our jobs? Leading academic answers the most common anti-immigration claims
Calais Migrant Crisis: Deputy Mayor of Calais labels Cameron's use of 'swarm' as 'racist' and 'ignorant'
Chris Leslie: Jeremy Corbyn's anti-austerity agenda will harm the poor, says Labour shadow Chancellor
While we fixate on Calais, the Home Office is quietly deporting dozens of migrants on 'ghost flights'
Calais crisis: The seven claims made about the migrants - and the reality
- 1 Artist Jamie McCartney: How The Great Wall of Vagina is a stand against 'body fascism'
- 2 Katie Hopkins reveals fear she will die during brain surgery to cure epilepsy
- 3 Tom Cruise: Reporters banned from asking actor about Scientology
- 4 Dutch King Willem-Alexander declares the end of the welfare state
- 5 Michael B Jordan and Kate Mara handle excruciatingly awkward and offensive interview questions like pros
iJobs Gadgets & Tech
£10000 - £13000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An exciting opportunity has ari...
£15000 - £17000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This digital agency is looking ...
£20000 - £24000 per annum: Ashdown Group: IT Support Analyst vacancy with a we...
£35000 - £39000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...