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Article

27 Nov 2018

Author:
Sara Ashley O'Brien, CNN Business

Former Facebook employee says the company has 'a black people problem'

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On... [27 November 2018], the [former Facebook] manager, vocal diversity advocate Mark S. Luckie, made public a memo he sent to Facebook's global staff before leaving the company... [in which] Luckie said black people make up some of the most active users on Facebook but the company itself is not nearly as diverse... Luckie said... "The population of Facebook employees doesn't reflect its most engaged user base... Facebook can't claim that it is connecting communities if those communities aren't represented proportionately in its staffing."... [the] lack of black representation among employees has an adverse impact both on users and its black staffers. Black people are finding that their attempts to create 'safe spaces' on Facebook for conversation among themselves are being derailed by the platform itself... [[He recommends] creating an internal system for employees to anonymously report microaggressions and establishing more focus groups with users from underrepresented communities to understand their experiences on Facebook and Instagram.

... Facebook spokesperson Anthony Harrison [said] the company said it has been "diligently" working on increasing diversity over the last few years. "The growth in representation of people from more diverse groups, working in many different functions across the company, is a key driver of our ability to succeed... We want to fully support all employees when there are issues reported and when there may be micro-behaviors that add up. We are going to keep doing all we can to be a truly inclusive company."... Luckie said he's making the Facebook memo public because "Facebook does not make any meaningful change on a company level unless it is being held accountable publicly."