Facebook shares new information on internal and external diversity and inclusion efforts

Facebook took stock of its efforts to maximize diversity and inclusion, both internally and externally, through a series of initiatives and projects.

And according to the data, it has made progress on virtually every front, despite the additional challenges of the pandemic.

According to Facebook:

“Over the past year, we’ve seen a growth in underrepresented communities on Facebook. Today, over 21% of our non-technical employees identify as black or Hispanic. We are also proud to report that we had our most diverse class of interns ever in 2021, with 44.0% female globally and 20.4% underrepresented minority communities in the United States (black and Latinx). This year, 4, 7% of our US-based employees identify as people with disabilities and 2.4% identify as veterans The LGBTQ + community represents 10.6% of our US-based workforce. “

Facebook also claims to have seen a 38.2% increase in the number of black executives, due to strong recruiting and increased attention to retaining top talent across the company.

“As the business grows, we will strive to maintain this representation of black employees in leadership positions. We will also continue to strive to increase the overall representation of people of color in the United States, including Asians and Hispanics, in leadership roles by 30%. “

But as you can see here, there is still a way to go – because while a 38% increase in black leaders is significant, in real terms black leaders are still only a small fraction of the hand. – Facebook’s global work.

The same is true for women, which is the only element where Facebook has actually seen a year-over-year decline in the overall staff share (37% in 2020 compared to 36.7% in 2021).

Diversity Goals on Facebook

Any progress on each of these fronts is positive, but it’s also worth putting the topline’s stats into relevant context and seeing where Facebook currently stands, from a global perspective. Given the role of the platform in how people now connect around the world, it needs more equality, to maximize representation – especially when it comes to policy decisions and development.

In terms of external projects, Facebook is highlighting its new Principles of responsible innovation for AR and VR, which will aim to combat the potential biases of these elements. Machine learning bias is a big concern, because if these systems are built on datasets that are already inherently biased, it will only anchor them further in new systems and potentially strengthen existing traits.

Facebook also notes that it is introduced tools for businesses identify himself as Black on both Facebook and Instagram, making it easier for people to find and support them, while also stating that he has met his three-year goal of reaching 1 million members of the black community and 1 million members of the Hispanic and Latin communities, through its Facebook rise “digital skills” training program.

“We achieved our goal thanks to a diverse internal team that worked quickly to engage members of these communities. We’re also on track to meet our goal of awarding 100,000 scholarships to black students seeking digital skills certifications through our Facebook Blueprint program.

These are positive developments, especially given the disproportionate impact the pandemic has had on these communities. Facebook still has a ways to go, as noted, in adjusting its internal staffing balance, and again, the focus on tackling bias in advanced learning systems is critical as well. But Facebook as a whole is making progress and steadily moving towards building a more universal platform.

Which, given Facebook’s size and influence, is critical, especially as it continues to diversify into new regions.

You can check out Facebook’s full Diversity and Inclusion report here.

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