Facebook accused of racial discrimination towards workers

Facebook accused of racial discrimination towards workers

In a post published to Medium, Facebook has been accused of racial discrimination against its workers.

The accusation comes a year after a former manager at the platform accused the company of having "a black people problem", and cultivating a hostile working environment for employees of colour.

In the post, it states how workers, while may present to be happy of Facebook's inclusion, are in fact, "sad. Angry. Oppressed. Depressed. And treated every day through the micro and macro aggressions as if we do not belong here."

Despite CEO Mark Zuckerberg's efforts throughout the company, there has been no wider change in recognising, empowering and treating workers of colour in an equal way to those who are white.

This was reiterated with a screenshot of an anonymous communications board for Facebook employees, that allowed users to vote in a poll, with one commenter saying, "these people make it seem like they work for the KKK. They should feel privileged that they were diversity hires and got in the company after we lowered our hiring standards".

Black lives matter

The text was partnered with a poll that allowed users to vote on "are blacks really treated poorly or do they just like to complain?".

66 per cent of users voted that "they just complain to get attention", while 17 per cent voted in favour of "All Lives Matter" a term made in reference to being against the Black Lives Matter movement.

Bertie Thomson, Facebook’s vice-president of corporate communications, apologised in a statement, saying: “no one at Facebook, or anywhere, should have to put up with this behaviour,"

"We are sorry. It goes against everything that we stand for as a company. We’re listening and working hard to do better.”

Though, as the Medium posted stated, "If this post gets any outside attention, the response will be met by [management] team as “we view diversity as important”, “this behavior is not acceptable,” and “we will increase our efforts to make things better”.

Staff Writer


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