Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) revealed in a new diversity report that it only has 49 blacks in its workforce of more than 2,000. Similar to other tech firms, like Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) or Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG), (NASDAQ:GOOGL), its employment is dominated by whites and Asians.
Number of Minorities Fits Into a Tweet
According to the microblogging website’s 2014 Equal Employment Opportunity report, Twitter has 2,910 employees, but 93.8 percent of its workforce is comprised of whites and Asians. Blacks accounted for just a fraction of the overall workforce: 35 men and 14 women. Other minority groups represent just a couple of dozen workers.
Many blogs are alluding to the irony of the large number of black users of the social media outlet. More than one-quarter (27 percent) of Twitter users is black versus the 21 percent of whites.
The other ethnic groups look like this: 68 Hispanic or Latino employees, 47 “two or more races,” 13 Native Hawaiians or other Pacific islanders and three Alaskan or American Indian natives.
When it comes to the gender discussion, Twitter is made up of 70 percent males.
Janet Van Huysse, Twitter’s Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, noted in a blog post last summer that “we are committed to making inclusiveness a cornerstorne of our culture.”
A spokesperson for Twitter confirmed that the 2015 Equal Employment Opportunity report will be published at the end of the year.
The reports are a legally mandated filing with the United States Equal Opportunity Commission, which is meant to highlight the precise numbers of Americans with various ethnicities and how they rank in companies.
This comes as Facebook released its own diversity report last week, which found that it is dominated by white and Asian males. The social network giant pledged to do better in time. Google has just three percent Hispanic employees and two percent black employees.
Black Leaders Respond to Twitter Findings
As expected, members of the black community responded to the company’s diversity findings.
One of these included Reverend Jesse Jackson, President of the Rainbow/Push Coalition, who said he was very “disappointed” in the results, especially because blacks are major users of Twitter.
“Black people are greater users of the product and capable of doing the jobs, but there has not been an adequate commitment to hire, train and maintain [black people],” said Jackson. “Some people call it ‘Black Twitter’ because we over-index so much, but they still don’t hire more black people. We are becoming intolerant with these numbers, there’s a big gap between their talk and their implementation.”
Jackson urged Twitter to start a timetable to have its workforce mimic the marketplace, while at the same time transforming the board of directors into a more diverse group of people.
Meanwhile, Arisha Hatch, managing director at Color of Change, stated that Twitter and other tech companies have “really failed” to make their workforces reflect their users. “It is really troubling that Twitter has so few black people, especially black women.”
In the meantime, Twitter has created employee organizations to help promote diversity: Blackbirds (African diaspora), Alas (Latino and Latin American descent), Swat (Super Women at Twitter), WomEng (women in engineering), TwitterOpen (LGBTQA) and WomenUX (women in design).