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Technology Facebook apologizes after anonymous post alleges racism at company

03:15  09 november  2019
03:15  09 november  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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a close up of a street: Facebook employees are raising concerns about racism. Angela Lang/CNET© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Facebook employees are raising concerns about racism. Angela Lang/CNET

One program manager was asked by two white employees to clean up after they ate breakfast, according to the post. When the person brought the experience to a boss, the employee was allegedly told to "dress more professionally." Another employee was allegedly scolded for sharing an opinion at a meeting.

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After being alerted by USA TODAY, Facebook apologized to Faison and reversed its decision. "Black people are punished on Facebook for speaking directly to the racism we have experienced," says This year, the company plans to introduce an independent body of experts to review some of

"On the inside, we are sad. Angry. Oppressed. Depressed," the post reads. "And treated every day through the micro and macro aggressions as if we do not belong here."

In a statement, Facebook acknowledged problems at the company, though it didn't address the individual complaints in the document. CNET couldn't reach the authors of the post, who call themselves FB Blind.

"No one at Facebook, or anywhere, should have to put up with this behavior," Facebook spokeswoman Bertie Thomson said in a statement. "We are sorry. It goes against everything that we stand for as a company. We're listening and working hard to do better."

The complaints come nearly a year after a former Facebook employee said the company failed black workers and users. Mark Luckie, who left his job at Facebook as a strategic partner manager for global influencers focused on underrepresented voices, publicly shared a memo after sending it to employees internally. In the post, he says that Facebook's black employees are called "hostile" or "aggressive" by non-black team members.

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Facebook , on the other hand, suspended her account after she posted screenshots of some of the racist comments and threats. "Every black person I know who has been suspended for confronting racism on Facebook has gotten the same 'this was a Facebook restored the post and apologized .

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Luckie's complaints are referenced in the new post. The authors, who remained anonymous because they fear losing their jobs, said the situation hasn't improved.

"Racism, discrimination, bias, and aggression do not come from the big moments," the post reads. "It's in the small actions that mount up over time and build into a culture where we are only meant to be seen as quotas, but never heard, never acknowledged, never recognized, and never accepted."

Like other tech companies, Facebook's workforce is mostly made up of white and Asian people. In the US, about 3.8% of Facebook employees are black, according to the company's 2019 diversity report. The company's employees have previously raised concerns about diversity and inclusion within the company. In 2016, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg scolded employees for crossing out the phrase "Black Lives Matter" on the walls at its Menlo Park headquarters and replacing it with "all lives matter."

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Black Facebook employees complain racism, discrimination has gotten worse .
Anonymous post alleges growing racism at Facebook one year after a former employee complained of discrimination there.The Medium post from 12 current and former employees, first reported by Business Insider, details a number of racist incidents, suggesting morale has sunk even lower since Mark Luckie published his Facebook post about discrimination on the company's Silicon Valley campus and on the social media giant's platform. A number of the black employees recently left or are on the verge of leaving the company.

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