Facebook To Appoint First Black Board Member
So, social media giant, Facebook is looking beyond the skin colour in appointment.
The company is looking to hire an African-American board member.
It said it is committed to appointing a black person to its board of directors.
This is a signal that they are making moves to increase diversity within the company.
The news came out of a meeting between Facebook Chief Operating Officer, Sheryl Sandberg and lawmakers in Washington D.C. Thursday, reportedly after members of the Congressional Black Caucus asked her about the company's lack of diversity.
Facebook's board of director is white, and for the most part, male. Two out of eight members are women.
“We got a commitment today from Ms. Sandberg that an African-American will be appointed to the board of directors in the future,” said Rep. G.K. Butterfield, who was in the meeting, The Hill reported.
Facebook did not share details on who it would be and said the appointment would happen "within the foreseeable future," according to The Hill.
Lawmakers also confronted Sandberg about how the platform has been used to amplify racist messages.
Some of the ads linked to Russian accounts and purchased during the 2016 election were about Black Lives Matter.
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