Ex-Facebook Employee Says Tech Giant Failing Black Employees, Users


The post reads: "Black employees will sometimes to turn to HR in search of a resolution, as employees from all backgrounds do". "There is a prevailing theory among many black users that their content is more likely to be taken down on the platform than any other group", he writes.

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He argues that the company is "failing its black employees and its black users", allegedly by excluding them from events and the important work that guides Facebook's service.

"You can develop something that works, that individuals need to use, however, you can't really settle on all the correct choices if among the developers there's not enough diversity and point of view", Facebook's head of diversity Maxine Williams told CNBC in July.

He also said that he had heard "far too many many stories from black employees of a colleague or manager calling them "hostile" or "aggressive" for simply sharing their thoughts in a manner not dissimilar from their non-Black team members".

'On a personal note, at least two or three times a day, every day, a colleague at MPK [Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park] will look directly at me and tap or hold their wallet or shove their hands down their pocket to clutch it tightly until I pass.

In his post, Mark Luckie explains why he quit, and how he believes Facebook is failing its black employees and black users.

Facebook published its first workplace diversity report in 2014 alongside a post that said the company was "absolutely committed to achieving greater diversity" in its workforce and across the industry.

'Facebook can't claim that it is connecting communities if those communities aren't represented proportionately in its staffing'.

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Facebook, in a statement, said it is "doing all we can to be a truly inclusive company".

Reacting to the note, Facebook representative Anthony Harrison said the organization has "been working tenaciously to expand the scope of viewpoints among the individuals who develop our products and serve the people who use them all through the world".

"We want to fully support all employees when there are issues reported and when there may be micro-behaviors that add up".

Luckie's note comes at an attempting time for Facebook, which is now under the microscope for its treatment of Russian impedance in USA elections and the spread of misinformation on its administration and in addition, stagnating and declining user growth in key markets.

"I've lost the will and the desire to advocate on behalf of Facebook".

"It is time to move on, but I can not be more proud of how WhatsApp continues to touch people in so many different ways every day".

The former Facebook staffer reflects on moments of prejudice and racism he experience in his time with the company.

Mark Luckie, formally a strategic partner manager at the company, claimed "Facebook has a black people problem" and routinely and systematically damaged black groups' attempts to communicate on and at the platform.

"At a company whose family of products directly affects the lives of 2.5 billion people worldwide, representation and inclusion should be of the greatest importance to everyone", wrote Luckie, who ended the memo with 10 recommendations for improving diversity and inclusion at the company.