Randi Zuckerberg is quitting her job at Facebook to start her own social media consulting company, but it looks like she'll fight an uphill battle to win over the industry. Last week, she made some pretty strong statements against anonymity on the Internet. “I think anonymity on the Internet has to go away,” said Mark Zuckerberg's little sister according to The Huffington Post. “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.”
It turns out that a lot of people deeply disagree with Zuckerberg's sweeping condemnation of anonymity on the internet. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a watchdog organization for digital rights, scolded Zuckerberg in a blog post that said, "Not only is uncivil discourse alive and well in venues with real name policies (such as Facebook), the argument willfully ignores the many voices that are silenced in the name of shutting up trolls: activists living under authoritarian regimes, whistleblowers, victims of violence, abuse, and harassment, and anyone with an unpopular or dissenting point of view that can legitimately expect to be imprisoned, beat-up, or harassed for speaking out." They said that her mandate "is guaranteed to be a disaster for freedom of expression." As if to prove the EFF's point, an anonymous blogger wrote on Network World, "Zuckerberg's argument to stop cyberbullying by doing away with digital anonymity could open the door to bullying and stalking in real life."