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Facebook officials downplay site’s role in revolts

The social networking firm is under pressure from activists to make exceptions to its policy of requiring people’s real identities even as it faces possibly greater restrictions in authoritarian countries

By Jennifer Preston  /  NY Times News Service, NEW YORK

Durbin has urged Facebook to join the Global Network Initiative, a voluntary code of conduct for technology companies created in 2008 that requires participating businesses to take reasonable steps to protect human rights.

Andrew Rasiej, founder of the Personal Democracy Forum, said that the people and firms behind the technology needed to be more transparent about what information they collect, and that they needed to develop consistent policies to allow individuals to opt in or out of their data collection systems.

“We must have a right to protect the privacy of information stored in the cloud as rigorously as if it were in our own home,” he said.

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