Twitter Releases Workforce Diversity Figures Amid Pressure; Rev. Jesse Jackson Says ‘This Is a Step In the Right Direction’

(Photo: Justin Sullivan, Getty Images)
(Photo: Justin Sullivan, Getty Images)

Succumbing to growing public pressure, Twitter released the gender and ethnic breakdown of its work force Wednesday, showing that it looks like most other major technology companies: overwhelming male, white and Asian.

In the U.S., nearly 90% of Twitter’s workers are white or Asian. And more than 90% of technology jobs in the U.S. are held by whites or Asians.

Men make up 70% of all staff but 90% of technology staff, according to figures released by the company’s vice president for diversity and inclusion, Janet Van Huysse.

Twitter pledged to take steps to diversify its staff.

“We want to be more than a good business; we want to be a business that we are proud of,” Huysse said.

Diversity has become a hotly debated issue as some of Silicon Valley’s most powerful companies have begun revealing the makeup of their work forces.

These companies say they are intent on diversifying their ranks to stay in touch and in tune with their customers around the world.

Over the past two months, Yahoo, Google, Facebook and LinkedIn have reported that their staffs are between 62% and 70% male. Whites and Asians make up between 88% and 91%.

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SOURCE: USA Today
Elizabeth Weise and Jessica Guynn

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