Facebook "has a black people problem," according to Mark Luckie, a former director of partnerships at Facebook. Luckie, whose last day on Facebook took place earlier this month, has just released an internal memo that he sent to his colleagues, claiming that Facebook is dropping its black employees as well as its black users .
On Facebook, Luckie served as a strategic partner manager for global influencers focused on underrepresented voices for just over a year. During his stay there, Luckie said "to have heard far too many stories from black employees from a colleague or manager calling them". hostile "or" aggressive "for simply sharing their thoughts in a way that does not differ from those of their non-black members.
Luckie went on to explain how some black employees said their managers had dissuaded them from participating in the employee resource group for black employees. On top of that, "too many black employees can tell aggressive accusation stories by campus security beyond what was needed".
With respect to human resources, Mr. Luckie said the department too often protects managers rather than the people filing complaints.
On the user side, Luckie describes less than positive experiences of black people who have discovered "that their attempts to create" secure spaces "on Facebook for conversation between them are derailing by the platform itself".
Luckie has never been silent about issues of discrimination, racism and exclusion. In 2015, Luckie wrote extensively about the black employee occupation of a technology company. At the time, he had recently quit his job at Twitter, where he spent three years as head of journalism and information.
In the future, Luckie has some recommendations for Facebook. Some of them are:
- Creation of an internal system allowing employees to report microagressions
- Increase cultural skills training for operations teams
In terms of context, Facebook is 3.5% black, compared to only 2% in 2014 and 4.9% in Latinx, compared to 4% in 2014, according to the latest report on business diversity. Not surprisingly, whites still constitute the largest employee population (46.4% today versus 57% in 2014).
Luckie's rating is worth reading, so take a look at it on Facebook. I have contacted Facebook and I will update this story if I have new knowledge.