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Facebook Apologizes After Employees Detail Racist Company Culture

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Facebook Apologizes After Employees Detail Racist Company Culture

Facebook Apologizes After Employees Detail Racist Company Culture

On Friday, Facebook issued an apology following an anonymous blog post detailing racist culture toward black, Hispanic and female Asian employees at the social media company.

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In the blog post, a group of former Facebook employees expressed that “things have gotten worse” since former employee Mark Luckie published a note in November 2018 claiming Facebook had “a black people problem.” Racism, discrimination, bias, and aggression do not come from the big moments,” the anonymous employees 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.”

The employees employees recalled a number of racist incidents, including a time when a program manager who was asked by two white colleagues to clean up their mess and another employee who said human resources took no action after they reported an incident. “We cannot afford to be vulnerable externally because Facebook has made us a vulnerable target internally,” the anonymous employees 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,” CNBC quotes. Facebook has responded to the blog post with an apology that reads:

“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.”

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