Lord Allan of Facebook and author Viktor Mayer-Schönberger wrangle over the social networking site’s real name policy, its claim to transparency and its use of personal data.
At our Facebook event in February, audience members quizzed Lord (Richard) Allan, the company’s director of policy in Europe, over its real name policy, its claim to transparency and its use of personal data. Fellow panellist, Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, the author of Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age, described Facebook’s ethos as being based on founder Mark Zuckerberg’s “naive American conception” that more free speech and transparency were necessarily forces for good around the world. Lord Allan defended his boss: “We’ve created a system that is avowedly about openness and connection based on the idea that the world will be a happier place if we are more open and connected with each other. That’s our thesis.”
Main image: Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg (photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images).