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Black Facebook Employees Call Out the Company for Microaggressions

Facebook has a long checklist of things to fix when it comes to bots, discriminatory advertising, and hate speech on its website. As the company works to solve these issues, it may have a blind spot for handling inappropriate behaviors in its workplace. “We cannot afford to be vulnerable externally because Facebook has made us a vulnerable target internally,” a group of anonymous Black Facebook employees said a Medium post. The group detailed various examples of managerial disrespect, micro and macro aggressions, and online racism within the company. “While eating breakfast, two white employees asked me to clean up after their mess. I am a program manager,” one employee said. “I told my manager about the incident. She told me I need to dress more professionally.” Incidents range from employees being overlooked for promotions and negatively targeted in peer reviews to gaslighting tactics from managers and peers. “Racism, discrimination, bias, and aggression do not come from the big...

Nov 29, 2019

Facebook Removed Former Exec’s Post Criticizing The Company’s Diversity

After posting an article criticizing Facebook’s lack of diversity and treatment of black users, the company’s former partnerships manager Mark Luckie received a notification saying that his post had been removed. “Facebook has a black people problem,” Luckie said in his memo. The memo was originally sent as an internal email to each Facebook employee and later published on the platform. Luckie told AfroTech he was caught off-guard when he received the notification and that he was able to laugh at the irony of the situation. “I was experiencing some of the same issues I was helping Black influencers with,” Luckie said. “Users are at the mercy of Facebook.” “Mark Luckie’s post does not violate our Community Standards and is available on our site,” Facebook spokesperson Anthony Harrison said. “We are looking into what happened.” The post has since been put back on the website, but its removal emphasizes one of Luckie’s key points. “Black people are finding that their attempts to create...

Dec 5, 2018