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Facebook's diversity efforts show little progress after five years

Posted On: Jul 12, 2018   |   Posted By: TechCrunch

Facebook has released its fifth diversity report, and it's fine. Unless companies fire everyone and start over, we're not going to see drastic improvements anytime soon.
“A critical lesson we've learned is that recruiting, retaining and developing a diverse, inclusive workforce should be a priority from day one,” Facebook Chief Diversity Officer Maxine Williams wrote in a blog post. “The later you start taking deliberate action to increase diversity, the harder it becomes.”
Anyway, worldwide, Facebook is 36 percent female, up from 31 percent in 2014. In the U.S., Facebook is 3.5 percent black, compared to just 2 percent in 2014, and 4.9 percent Latinx compared to 4 percent in 2014. White people, unsurprisingly, still makes up the single largest population of employees (46.4 percent today versus 57 percent in 2014). The upside to this is that white people no longer make up the majority at Facebook.
At the leadership and technical levels, change has not occurred for black employees. Black employees still make...

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