Photo: Screenshot via Twitter
Twitter is criticized once again for the lack of diversity, and this time, criticisms of the social media company Detroit office are due to an image that is posted to their Twitter account.
28. March, a photo appeared on the Twitter account of the social media company Detroit office, which opened in 2012, and shows CEO Jack Dorsey with seven others who appear to be white. There were two other people who were partially visible in the picture whose race was not determined. The picture was captioned with a yellow waving hand emoji.
The picture was perfect crystallization of the lack of diversity in the technology industry in general and especially on Twitter, according to some who expressed rebellion over the image. The anger was reinforced for the Detroit natives, who pointed out that the people of the Midwestern city are the majority. According to the US Census Bureau, the black people make up 79.1 percent of the city's population.
"Detroit has the highest percentage of black people than any city in the country, but you can't seem to find one. Interesting …" wrote @MrsDiannaT, a Detroit native. A few tweets later she complained to Detroit in 2017 and hung out in the center, where Twitter office is, to get drinks with friends.
"We were the only black people in the hip hop bar," she remembered.
Tee Terei, a detroit native and poet, wrote that the image was "gentrification at its best." These are the same people who would have been "scared" to come to Detroit years ago. "
@BLACKSTEMUSA, a Twitter account run by CM Williams and Sharon Ewell Foster, the authors of the book of the same name released in 2015, was tired of the lack of diversity represented by the image.
" We have given Twitter the benefits of doubt for four years "they wrote." These people do not change to be more inclusive, and have no intention of being truthful about it. The only good thing is: Twitter is that it gives black people, esp. #Techies, a better way to connect. * Strong sigh * "
And the Twitter user @ 1947Jamie responded to the post and said the crew on the photo" looks like the Fox News crew to me. "
In 2017, social media juggernaut released a report claiming that the company was growing in diversity in its ranks, but Recode, a technology industry news site, wrote that the opposite was true, and that same year, USA Today had a report showing that while the company's staffing is not very varied, the user base is.
One day after the image was posted and the uprising that followed, Twitter responded to Detroit, Twitter saying that they meet with people from National Engineers of Black Engineers.  "We hear you about the lack of diversity. We are committed to making our company reflect the people we serve and that includes here in Detroit, "they wrote." We have much more work to do. "
Check out how people on Twitter responded to the image Twitter Detroit posted lack of diversity in technology.