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Former boss says Facebook discriminates against, excludes black users and staff

A sign outside Facebook's Menlo Park, California's headquarters. Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez (AP) A former Facebook strategic global affairs manager…

A sign outside Facebook’s Menlo Park, California’s headquarters. Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez (AP)

A former Facebook strategic global affairs manager Mark S. Luckie sent a 2,500 word demo to all Company employees before November’s resignation said that the company had “a black people problem” , reported the guardian.

In the note, as Luckie also published in a public Facebook listing on Tuesday, he wrote that black people “far exceed other groups on the platform in a series of engagement measurements,” which includes one of their most active demographics in the country. But at the same time, he wrote, their interests are generally ignored by the company and attempts to deal with the situation constantly ceased with little change.

Luckie noted several incidents for black users who had content removed or account interruptions “with little use,” while in other cases their request for help is ignored “until it’s a big press story” as in the case of a larger Black Lives Matter- page that was later revealed to be driven by a white australian hiding behind assumed names. He added that black employees are often treated with disrespect, and that while Facebook has made progress that employs more black employees, “Efforts to promote integration, not just diversity, held at managerial level”:

For all engineering companies, it’s important to have staff reflecting the communities the platform aims to empower if it intends to succeed. A big congratulations on the law that has helped increase the number of black employees from 2 percent of the labor force 2016 to 4 percent in 2018.

… Although incremental changes are made, the fact that the people of Facebook employees do not reflect their most engaged user. There are often more diversity in Keynote presentations than the teams presenting them. In some buildings, there are more “Black Life Matter” posters than there are real black people. Facebook can not claim that it connects communities if these communities are not represented proportionally in their crew.

“Facebook’s disenfranchisement of black people on the platform reflects the marginalization of their black employees,” wrote Luckie. He noted that he had heard “too many stories from black employees” of disrespectful or marginalizing behavior of coworkers, as well as the black staff at the company’s premises sometimes treated with hostility through security:

In my time at the company, I have heard too many stories from black employees of a colleague or boss who call them “hostile” or “aggressive” to simply share their thoughts in a way that does not differ from their non-black team members. Some black employees have reported that they are especially deterred by the managers becoming active in the Black @ group or doing “Black stuff”, even if it happens outside working hours. Too many black coworkers can tell stories about being aggressively accosted by campus security beyond what was necessary.

As another example, Luckie wrote at least two or three times a day colleagues at Facebook’s Menlo Park, California’s head office would “look directly at me and knock or hold his wallet or push his hands in his pocket to tie it tight until I pass. “He added that Facebook’s human resources department seemed more likely to defend the” Chef and Status Quo of Facebook “when unequal treatment was raised and wrote that often these” experiences are rationalized or we are made to believe that these disappointing patterns are a fantasy of our imagination. “

Luckie included 10 recommendations at the end of his post, including that all teams with at least one staff involved in diversity should come up with a strategic plan for how that work should be incorporated into major goals for the team. “Others include creating data-driven goals to ensure that multiple departments are” reflective of Facebook demographics “, and carry out more” cultural skills training for operations teams “involved in moderation rather than” algorithms or AI “and more focus groups such as is dedicated to the experience of Black and Latin users. Luckie also wrote that management should create internal systems for employees to “anonymously report microaggressions,” such as fast-paced language, disproportionately give negative reviews to women and minority-under-class and police “cultural activities” outside the workplace.

A former black employee on Facebook told CNBC that they were not surprised to read the note saying that the company “strengthens diversity and inclusion as if it were a marketing opportunity, and maybe it’s really meaningful to them on his face. However, with regard to the tactical, daily integration of their “unconscious bias” stock certificates, it still appears to be a group of convincing privileged white people who make similar predetermined and discriminatory choices as other white leaders in the industry. “[19659004] Facebook spokesman Anthony Harrison told CNN in a statement that the company tries:

Adult in the representation of people from several different groups working in many different functions throughout the company is an important driving force for our ability to succeed. We want to fully support all employees when there are problems reported and when there may be microbeads that add. We continue to do all we can to be a truly inclusive company.

As CNN noted, Luckie has previously worked on other technical companies like Reddit and Twitter, and after leaving the latter platform, he wrote a bit on the Medium note that the biggest obstacle to more diversity was the idea of ​​a “cultural fit”:

White Americans have 91 times as many white Friends like black friends, according to the Public Religion Research Institute. Three quarters of white have completely white social networks without any minority’s n inheritance. If current employees do not know any color, they have no recommendations.

Luckie told CNN that he had gone to send a memo public because “Facebook does not make any meaningful change at company level unless it is held publicly.” He added that “there was no response from senior management. It is unkaracteristic for something that generates this much conversation. I know they talked about it. “

As the patron noted, Luckie also tweeted a screenshot of a conversation with the Strategic Partnership Ime Archibong, who told him that he had been” self-serving and uneven “and posting memo acted as a” selfish agenda “.

Facebook has undergone an endless series of scandals like late, including allegations, the platforms have been used for unreasonable disinformation efforts and to undermine democracy by political actors, to handle user data inadvertently, and it hired a republican opposition research company to attack critics such as billionaire philanthropists and survivors George Holocaust Soros. Luckie wrote in his note that he and other black employees had talked about believing the discrimination they experienced there “is a behavioral pattern that is deeply linked to the culture on Facebook.”

“… To continue to witness and be at the heart of the systematic suspension of underrepresented voices, but inadvertently, is more than I am willing to sacrifice personally, Luckie concluded.” I have lost the will and the desire to advocate Facebook. “

The complete note can be read below:

[Mark S. Luckie via The Guardian/CNN]

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