Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg walks to meetings for technology regulations and social networking problems on September 19, 2019, in Capitol Hill, Washington, DC.
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Facebook on Friday issued an apology after an anonymous blog article whining about a racist culture toward black, Hispanic and female Asian workers at the social networking company.
“No one at Facebook, or anywhere, should have to put up with this behavior,” Bertie Thomson, Facebook vice president of corporate communications 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 blog article was composed anonymous with a group claiming to be past and current Facebook employees. The workers said “things have gotten worse” because former worker Mark Luckie published a note in November 2018 asserting Facebook had”a black individuals difficulty .”
“Racism, discrimination, bias, and aggression do not come from the big moments,” the anonymous workers wrote. “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.”
From the article, the workers detail several racist incidents, including a program manager who had been requested by two white colleagues to clean up their mess and another worker who said human resources required no action when they reported an episode.
There were also multiple stories involving workers giving unwanted anonymous comments on Facebook’s performance review system to damage their minority colleagues’ performance evaluations. CNBC has previously detailed how Facebook’s performance review process is commonly used by workers to penalize their coworkers.
“We cannot afford to be vulnerable externally because Facebook has made us a vulnerable target internally,” the anonymous workers wrote. “The only thing we can hope for in this cathartic exercise is to influence change by sharing our stories and hope that no one else experiences the same discriminatory behaviors that we have.”