Monday, January 23, 2017

Twitter users are diverse but not all its staff - THE RECORD

by Jessica Guynn
Originally published: January 19, 2017

Jeffrey Siminoff, vice-president of inclusion and diversity at Twitter, is fond of saying that Twitter is "where inclusion lives."

"We strive to meet that spirit of inclusion in our workplace too," he wrote in a blog post Thursday.

Inside the social media company, inclusion is a work in progress. The people who frequent the service may hail from diverse backgrounds, yet employees of the social media company still do not. That's the bottom line from the latest report on the company's demographics.

Under-represented minorities and women continue to lag at the company where nine of 10 employees are white or Asian and about two-thirds are men, according to the company's latest report on the demographics of its workers that Twitter released Thursday.

According to its year-end calculations, the overall percentage of African Americans and Latinos in the Twitter workforce has barely budged in more than a year. In 2016, Twitter said four per cent of workers were Latino or Hispanic, same as in August 2015, the last time Twitter reported its diversity numbers. Twitter said it increased the share of African-American workers to three per cent from two per cent.