Facebook racism complaint from anonymous employees, sorry the company

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg attends technology regulatory and social media meetings September 19, 2019 in Capitol Hill, Washington, DC.


Facebook apologized Friday after an anonymous blog post complaining about a racist culture towards black, Latin American and female Asian employees of the social media company.

"No one on Facebook, or anywhere, should have quit this behavior," said Bertie Thomson, Facebook Vice President of Business Communication in a statement. "We're sorry. It goes against everything we stand for as a company. We listen and work hard to make it better."

The blog post was written anonymously by a group claiming to be former and current Facebook employees. Employees said "things have gotten worse" since former employee Mark Luckie published a note in November 201[ads1]8 claiming that Facebook had "a problem with black people."

"Racism, discrimination, bias and aggression do not come from the great moments," the anonymous staff wrote. "It is in the small actions that accumulate over time and build into a culture where we are only meant to be seen as quotas, but never heard, never acknowledged, never acknowledged and never accepted."

In the post, staff details a number of racist incidents, including a program manager who was asked by two white colleagues to clean up the mess and another employee who said human resources did not take any action after reporting an incident.

There were also several stories of employees providing negative anonymous feedback on Facebook's performance evaluation system to harm minority colleagues' performance appraisals. CNBC has previously detailed how Facebook's performance review system is often used by employees to punish their colleagues.

"We cannot afford to be vulnerable remotely because Facebook has made us a vulnerable target internally," the anonymous employee wrote. "The only thing we can hope for in this cathartic exercise is to influence change by sharing our stories and hoping that no one else experiences the same discriminatory behavior we have."

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