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Tech Workforce Diversity At Facebook Similar To Google And Yahoo 265

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from the but-how-many-are-brogrammers? dept.
theodp (442580) writes Facebook is mostly white dudes, writes Valleywag's Sam Biddle, cutting to the chase of Facebook's inaugural disclosure of diversity figures. "We're serious about building a workplace that reflects a broad range of experience, thought, geography, age, background, gender, sexual orientation, language, culture and many other characteristics," said Facebook, which has a tech workforce that's 15% female and only 1% Black. By contrast, Wikipedia's Baseball Color Line article notes that "by the late 1950s, the percentage of blacks on Major League teams matched or exceeded that of the general population." So, is it surprising that the company whose stated mission is "to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected" is having problems connecting with the general population in 2014?
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Tech Workforce Diversity At Facebook Similar To Google And Yahoo

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  • SO (Score:4, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 26, 2014 @10:49AM (#47324335)

    Who cares? This isn't a national tragedy.

  • by Shakrai (717556) on Thursday June 26, 2014 @11:11AM (#47324565) Journal

    "The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race." -Chief Justice John Roberts, Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1

  • Weird comments (Score:2, Informative)

    by ArcadeMan (2766669) on Thursday June 26, 2014 @11:19AM (#47324645)

    I've been reading a few comments about how poor people can't afford technology.

    We're in 2014, I don't believe such arguments. You can easily get more-than-capable computers for absolutely free. It may be older Pentium 4 era computers, but you can still code, program and use the Internet with them. You don't need powerful computers for the things that Facebook, Twitter and others are doing. And we're also not talking about games or HD video here, so even a low-end DSL connection will be sufficient.

  • by pla (258480) on Thursday June 26, 2014 @12:01PM (#47325043) Journal
    What is the percentage of black, women, etc people with the skills and training that google, facebook, etc is looking for?

    Black [cra.org]: Blacks make up only 3.6% of CS graduates, 6% of CE graduates, and 7% of generic IT graduates at the moment.
    Female [wikipedia.org]: Female CS/CE graduates peaked in the '80s at 37%, and has fallen ever since to a current low of only 12%; the previous link also shows them at about 50% higher rates in generic IT, or 17% total.

    Sorry if that doesn't give your axes a nice fine edge, folks, but the likes of Google, Yahoo, and Facebook don't hire only misogynist racists for their HR departments - In fact, all three soundly beat the above graduation rates, making them arguably biased against hiring white males.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 26, 2014 @01:04PM (#47325761)

    The other missing context is the actual proportion of white people at Facebook. Considering that the proportion in the general population is 64%, perhaps this "lily white" (Valleywag's words) company is 80% white? 90%? No, in fact just 53% of tech employees are white - you can check for yourself [fb.com]. The actual overrepresented group is asians, who make up a whopping 41% of Facebook's tech employees - more than 8 times higher than the proportion of the overall US population.

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