Surrounded by Picassos, Van Goghs, Monets, and Rauschenbergs, a senior Facebook manager was inspired Sunday night to acknowledge his company has been struggling with transparency.

At the Facebook-sponsored INMA World Congress opening reception held at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art, Patrick Walker, head of media partnerships for Europe, the Middle East and Asia, thanked media executives for their critical feedback and promised improvements.

Patrick Walker, head of media partnerships for Europe, the Middle East and Asia, speaking at the opening reception of INMA World Congress at the MoMA Sunday night.
Patrick Walker, head of media partnerships for Europe, the Middle East and Asia, speaking at the opening reception of INMA World Congress at the MoMA Sunday night.

“Facebook as a company has not been very transparent for a long time. And a number of things for the past year have really opened us up,” Walker said. “And I think it’s a good time actually.”

INMA’s annual World Congress is the 15th media industry gathering Walker said he has attended in the past six months. He mentioned a number of Facebook’s recent problems including “obviously the big controversies and discussions around false news.”

Walker continued: “They’re all on a list of things we’ve needed to come forward and discuss. And I’m very pleased that that conversation continues here. It will continue for the months and years to come. And I just wanted to raise a toast to all of you for inspiring us to do better, through your​ great feedback and your cooperation and your partnerships.” 

“I love the slogan of INMA, which is ‘Sharing Ideas and Inspiring Change,’” Walker concluded. “So a toast to sharing ideas and inspiring change!”

Click here for photos from the MoMA reception.