Alex Roetter admitted that Twitter Inc needs staff diversity in a recent Medium post. This is was in response to a post by Leslie Miley, a former Twitter engineer. Miley accused Twitter of relying on facts and numbers. In his post Tuesday, Miley wrote: “There was very little diversity in thought and almost no diversity in action [at Twitter].”
Alex’s Views On Employee Diversity
Alex Roetter, SVP-Engineering, Twitter , agreed with what Miley said and that he was not communicating well. He also said that things at Twitter needed to change.
Roetter wrote that he knows that he has blind spots like others. He said he was sorry about his “tendency to default to engineering-driven, quantitative solutions”.
About what Miley pointed out, he said, “The comments attributed to me aren’t an accurate or complete facsimile, but they conveyed a meaning that was very far from what I intended, which means I did a poor job communicating. That resulted in unnecessary pain and confusion, for which I am truly sorry.”
He also vowed that minority groups should be strongly represented at all levels of Twitter.
Twitter’s Bro Culture Leading To Low Staff Diversity
Miley pointed out how “bro culture” is being spread at Twitter. He singled out Roetter for telling the firm to use people’s names to judge their ethnic background. Even some inside the firm agreed with Miley’s comment.
Twitter , which in July had to say sorry for a frat-themed party, has been singled out for lack of staff diversity. The number of male employees is double of that of female employees across the globe.
The percent of people of color in leadership roles is below 5 percent. In the tech segment, blacks (1 percent), Hispanics (3 percent) and other races (4 percent) stand at a meager 8 percent. Miley said in his post, “With my departure, Twitter no longer has any managers, directors, or VPs of color in engineering or product management.”
The onus seems to be on Jack Dorsey, present CEO of Twitter. He recently talked about raising staff diversity as a main goal of Twitter.