Facebook Joins Other Silicon Valley Giants With Lack Of Diversity

June 26, 2014  |  

Facebook has released it diversity numbers and — surprise, surprise — there is no surprise. Just as with Google and Yahoo, which both also made their diversity stats public recently, Facebook is not very diverse.

The makeup of its workforce certainly does not reflect the demographics of its users. Nearly 70 percent of Facebook employees are men and 57 percent are white. And while Asians make up 34 percent of its employees, Hispanics represent just 4 percent and African Americans are just a mere 2 percent of Facebook’s workforce.

Taking a look at its technical staff, the numbers are even depressing. Men make up a whopping 85 percent of technical staff, 53 percent are white and 41 percent Asian. Hispanics are only 3 percent and African Americans nearly nonexistent at 1 percent of the workforce.

When you get to the upper management level, Facebook is sorely lacking in diversity. “Seventy-seven percent of senior level employees are men, 74 percent are white and 19 percent are Asian. Hispanics account for 4 percent and African Americans for 2 percent of employees in high level positions,” reports USA Today.

Facebook acknowledges there is much to be done to increase diversity in its ranks. “We build products to connect the world, and this means we need a team that understands and reflects many different communities, backgrounds and cultures,” Maxine Williams, Facebook’s global head of diversity, said in a blog post.

The lack of diversity at Facebook is ironic. As does Yahoo, Facebook has a woman in a high level position. Its No. 2 executive is Sheryl Sandberg, author of the best seller Lean In. And even she says the lack of diversity in Corporate America is  “pretty depressing.”

Facebook´s diversity disclosure came after meetings with civil rights activist the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who has called on the major tech companies to increase diversity.

Considering the majority of Facebook users are women and in 2009 about 10 percent were African American, it is time for the company to get it together.

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