Facebook Do Not Like Black People, Its Former Manager Claimed
Parvati Divakar - Dec 01, 2018
A former Facebook employee used the Facebook platform to address what he called "a black people problem".
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Earlier this week, a former Facebook employee - Mark Luckie - shared that there is discrimination at Facebook. To be more specific, the man dropped a memo to all Facebook employees with the main contents saying the social giant is having a problem.
Mark Luckie presents at the 2018 glaad Gala San Francisco
Luckie used to be a media manager at Reddit and Twitter, as written in his profile on LinkedIn. Then, he focused on underrepresented voices at the company from October 2017 till November 2018. He left Facebook shortly after sending the memo.
According to Luckie's memo, despite black people's attempts to make "safe spaces" on Facebook for solely connecting with friends and families, their efforts got reported as hate speech and were deleted with no notifications. Worse, some accounts were indefinitely suspended from the social network.
In addition, Luckie accused Facebook of leaving out minority groups from communication, such as the industry events sponsored by the company, the guest lists at external programs, etc. He further told that non-black people at Facebook called blacks "hostile" or "aggressive" for how they shared their thoughts, which is not different from how the non-blacks do.
The HR department is "a dead end", who often protects managers instead of employees, and makes blacks think that the disheartening patterns are just what they made up. Black employees at Facebook can only find agreement on this issue when they talk to each other.
Anthony Harrison, Facebook's spokesman, wrote in his email that the company has been spending diligent efforts towards a wider range of perspectives in building products as well as serve those who use them across the globe. Harrison continued his email by claiming Facebook's full support for every employee in case an issue is reported and that they will do all they can to maintain a truly inclusive business.
Previously, Facebook used to be alleged of discriminatory behaviors.
Dated back August, a formal complaint was filed by The Department of Housing and Urban Development of the US (HUD) against Facebook, claiming that the tech firm allowed advertisers to select viewers based on color, race, sex, national origin, ZIP code, religion, and disability.
In September, ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) and EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) accused Facebook and 10 employers of heading their job ads towards males only, leaving out females and the nonbinary.