CBC Members Press Zuckerberg on Diversity
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg came under fire on Wednesday from Congressional Black Caucus members for his company’s lack of diversity and its connection to the spread of misleading ads targeting Black activist group at a hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (D-NY), a member of the newly formed Tech Accountability Caucus, asked about Russian hackers using some 3,000 ads on the platform to inflame racial tensions, with some of the ads suggesting that racial justice groups like Black Lives Matter were a political threat. She asked Zuckerberg if Facebook’s lack of diversity affected Facebook’s ability or willingness to look into this. “I’m concerned that there are not eyes that are culturally competent looking at these things,” she said. Zuckerberg acknowledged that racial diversity was something the company needed to improve on. Congressman G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) also asked about Facebook’s diversity, saying that the racial makeup of the company’s leadership team “does not reflect America.” According to Facebook’s 2017 diversity report, last year the company increased its share of black and Hispanic employees by 1% each, to 3 and 5% respectively. Black and Hispanic employees each account for 3% of Facebook’s senior leadership. Meanwhile, numerous Republicans brought up the case of Diamondand Silk, the Madea-style Trump supporters whose videos, the members said, had been restricted by Facebook. “In that specific case, our team made an enforcement error, and we have already gotten in touch with them to reverse it,” Zuckerberg said. More here.