Twitter's diversity problem, and four other things for PR pros to know Thursday morning

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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

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