Like many other technology heavyweights, Twitter has a lack of diversity in its ranks. According to data released by the company on Wednesday night, women comprise 30% of its US workforce and only 10% of its technical positions. Twenty-nine percent of its staff is Asian, while only 2% is black and 3% is Hispanic. More than three-quarters (79%) of its leadership team is male, and 72% is white.
"We are keenly aware that Twitter is part of an industry that is marked by dramatic imbalances in diversity — and we are no exception," Janet Van Huysse, its VP of diversity and inclusion, said in a blog post.
Twitter’s lack of diversity mirrors that of other prominent tech-sector companies. Fifty-seven percent of Facebook’s employees are white and 34% are Asian, but other groups are represented far less frequently. Seventy percent of Google’s workforce is male, as is 62% of the staff at Yahoo.
Four other things to know Thursday morning
- Algeria’s official news agency is reporting that an Air Algerie flight to Algiers from Burkina Faso with 110 passengers and six crew members on-board has disappeared from radar. Meanwhile, authorities in Taiwan have begun investigating the crash of a TransAsia Airways plane that killed 48 on Wednesday. Both incidents follow the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 last Thursday over Ukraine, which killed 298 people, most of them Dutch.
- Facebook’s stock hit an all-time high after it reported second-quarter revenue of $2.9 billion, exceeding expectations, as well as a profit of $791 million. It said 62% of its advertising revenue comes from mobile ads.
- The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted the ban on US airlines flying to and from Israel that it issued earlier this week due to the threat of rocket attacks. On Wednesday, airlines such as Lufthansa said they were emphasizing proactive communications with customers to explain the situation to them.
- The execution of a man convicted of double murder in Arizona late Wednesday reportedly went on for nearly two hours after the state used a new drug. Groups opposed to the death penalty quickly condemned the incident, which followed another botched execution in Oklahoma in May.