“In essence,” said Lady Mendelsohn, “technology is both Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.”
With half the planet now online, and a third using Facebook services, she said “inevitably, some people will use their voice to organise violence, undermine elections, or hurt other people, and we have a responsibility to address those risks.”
She defended Facebook’s record, however, saying that its automated screening technologies had improved drastically since 2015, when they were “really limited”.
“I couldn’t work at Facebook if I didn’t believe that technology was ultimately a force for good,” she said.
The announcements came as hundreds of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and policy makers gathered in central London for the first Telegraph Tech4Good awards, celebrating the contributions of British technology companies making a positive social impact.