Facebook’s employee diversity report disappoints

Facebook Inc has released new diversity data that showed the number of women and minorities has remained little changed over the past year.

FacebookSAN FRANCISCO: Facebook Inc has released new diversity data that showed the number of women and minorities has remained little changed over the past year.

The number of women increased only 1 percentage point, from 31-32%. The number of black people, Hispanics and people of two or more races remained unchanged at 2%, 4% and 3%, respectively.

Diversity among the social network’s tech workers was far less even, with 84% men and 16% women. Among non-tech workers, 48% are men and 52% women.

Facebook’s senior leadership is still overwhelmingly white and male. Women comprise only 23% of the senior leadership while men comprise 77%, unchanged from last year.

More Asian people made up senior leadership with 21% this year, compared to 19% last year, but the number of senior-level Hispanics decreased from 4-3%.

In a blog post, Facebook listed several initiatives to increase its diversity. They included a Facebook University training program, which invites college freshmen from underrepresented groups to spend a summer working alongside Facebook mentors, and a training course geared toward conversations about stereotypes and bias.