Facebook faces federal investigation for alleged racist hiring practices

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Social Media big, Facebook is beneath Federal authorities scrutiny as soon as once more.

A U.S Federal Agency, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, EEOC, has opened a “systemic” probe into Facebook’s alleged racial hiring and selling historical past, Reuters reported. That “systemic” designation permits the EEOC to dedicate extra sources to the investigation, which might probably end in a lawsuit in opposition to the Social Media big.

The current growth follows a July 2020 grievance in opposition to Facebook filed by Oscar Veneszee Jr., a Black Facebook worker whose job consists of recruiting folks of colour to work for the corporate, in accordance with the report. Veneszee instructed NPR that Facebook has a “Black people problem,” with a office tradition that isn’t conducive to retaining Black staff.

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Veneszee filed the grievance alongside two Black recruits, who additionally alleged that they’d not been employed due to being black.

CNBC reported final yr that many large tech corporations, together with Facebook, Apple, and Twitter, had not made important progress in hiring Black staff since 2014.

According to Facebook’s official 2020 diversity report, solely 3.9 p.c of Facebook’s staff are Black.

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According to Reuters, EEOC has not truly leveled any particular expenses in opposition to Facebook but. But the present probe raises the probabilities of such expenses, particularly after it obtained a “systemic” designation.

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In a associated growth, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey will once more testify earlier than Congress on March 25. They will talk about misinformation on their platforms, in accordance with CNBC.