Racism hits the “heart of Facebook”

Employees work in Facebook’s “War Room” during a media demonstration on Oct. 17 in Menlo Park, California Noah Berger/AFP/Getty Images

Employees work in Facebook’s “War Room” during a media demonstration on Oct. 17 in Menlo Park, CaliforniaNoah Berger/AFP/Getty Images

Facebook apologized on Friday, after a number of black employees exchanged a leaflet revealing, that they felt prejudiced in the workplace.

The publication was shared via Faceboook’s internal media platform. It describes the humiliating view of white managers and coworkers and the human resources department.

“We feel sad, angry, persecuted and frustrated inside us,” said the leaflet. “Every day we are treated as if we don’t belong to this place.”

“No one on Facebook or anywhere should endure this behavior,” Bertie Thompson, vice president of internal communications, told AFP.

“We are sorry. This goes against our principles as a company. We listen to everyone and work hard to improve our performance.”

 Black employees reach a ‘dead end’ when they seek help from HR, according to Luckie’s letter. Photograph: Marcio José Sánchez/AP
Black employees reach a ‘dead end’ when they seek help from HR, according to Luckie’s letter. Photograph: Marcio José Sánchez/AP

The publication stressed that the atmosphere in the company has become worse during the past year. Especially in terms of dealing fairly with workers of color skin, and not to recognize their efforts and empowerment.

“The problem is not only with black employees of both sexes. We do not want to reveal our identities because Facebook establishes a hostile culture in which a non-white person feels fear for his job and safety,” he said.

Not the first Facebook scandal

Social media giant Facebook had faced a series of problems in recent years. One of them was leaking tens of millions of users of Cambridge Analytica, a consultancy that worked on Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign.

The problem, described as a “scandalous,” resulted in the company paying a fine. Now, more than ever Facebook will need to take measures to preserve the privacy of users.

US reports have spoken in the past of several problems faced by Facebook employees, such as the crude handling of officials, as well as the lack of privacy, where a large number of employees in a large hall without a break between them.

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