You Won't Believe How Many Blacks Work At Twitter

News & Views | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 07/02/2015 | 11:30 AM EDT

Social media site reports less than 50 African-American employees

Quick, someone call the diversity police...


Twitter’s number of African-American employees is pretty dismal, according to records filed with the Equal Opportunity Employment.


Only 49 Twitter workers are Black out of its nearly 3,000 employees. Its workforce is 93.8 percent white and Asian, with minority groups represented by only a dozen employees, according to the New York Daily News.


The stats have angered many on the social media site, especially considering Blacks dominate the number of users on Twitter. Twenty-seven percent of African-American adults use Twitter compared to 21 percent of white adults.


Civil Rights icon Rev. Jesse Jackson shamed the technology giant for its lack of diversity in an interview The Guardian.


“I am very disappointed,” Jackson said. “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 (them).”


“They hire people they know, they trust and like. We’re not in that the circle,” he added.


Other technology businesses fare no better than Twitter. Facebook, Google also reported embarrassing diversity numbers with only 2 percent of Black employees.


But it’s not just racial diversity Twitter has a problem with; women, too, fail to be get fired. Men make up 70 percent of Twitter’s workforce.

(Photo: JONATHAN ALCORN/AFP/Getty Images)

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