Facebook’s Own Report Shows Underwhelming Diversity Numbers

Facebook has often been criticized for its data collection policies as well as its strange defense of certain kinds of freedoms and civil liberties whilst it brazenly sacrifices other areas in which things like this matter quite a bit if not just as much. Facebook has come under criticism again, and a big part of the reason why that is the case has to do with the fact that it has failed to try and diversify its workforce. Most of Facebook’s top management is white, and black representation here is far lower than that of any other minority all of whom are being underrepresented in some way, shape or form.

Facebook recently released a diversity report, and this report shows some pretty underwhelming numbers. Last year’s diversity report showed that only 3.8% of its employees were black, and while Facebook made a lot of grand gestures and pledged to change this in the coming year, it turns out that they were all talk and no action due to the reason that this year’s diversity report shows that the number has only just barely increased to 3.9%. This is hardly an increase at all, being so insignificant as to be a rounding error.

The fact of the matter is that there are plenty of qualified black people out there, so the fact that Facebook has so few black employees indicates a serious bias in its hiring processes. The thing is that this hiring bias seems to disproportionately affect black people, and at the end of the day this is not going to be something that people are OK with. There is a lot of furor in the US about racial inequality, so Facebook is only digging its own grave deeper by not changing its hiring practices. At one point or another, either Facebook will start having to hire more of the qualified black people in the job market or people might want to move on to a less racially biased platform.

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