Twitter has ‘a lot of work to do’ when it comes to diversity in the workplace

BY Colleen Shalby  July 24, 2014 at 3:59 PM EST
Image by Twitter

Image by Twitter

Twitter released the gender and ethnicity make-up of employees Wednesday, and by their admission, there is room for improvement.

Men make up for 70 percent of Twitter’s staff. In terms of ethnicity, whites account for 59 percent of the staff, Asians for 29 percent.

Image by Twitter

Image by Twitter

“… we are joining some peer companies by sharing our ethnic and gender diversity data,” the social media network said. “And like our peers, we have a lot of work to do.”

Peers include Google, Facebook and LinkedIn, all of which recently released their diversity numbers, revealing similarities to Twitter in terms of representation by gender and ethnicity.

So what’s Twitter planning to do about their lack of workplace diversity? The social media network says it has employee-led groups in place who are efforting the cause to include more women and minorities in Twitter’s expansion.

Time will tell if these attempts prove fruitful.