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Facebook apologises after employee's anonymous post talks of workplace bias and hostile culture

The social media platform's statement read, 'we're listening and working hard to do better'.

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Nov 09, 2019, 05.53 PM IST
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The anonymous post said Facebook creates a hostile culture where non-white employees are made to feel fear for their job and safety to report any bad behaviours.
SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook apologised on Friday after black employees anonymously shared feelings of workplace bias in an online post. The post shared at Medium by a "FB Blind" profile laid out perceived slights by managers, white colleagues, and the human resources department. "No one at Facebook, or anywhere, should have to put up with this behaviour," corporate communications vice president Bertie Thomson said in response to an AFP query.

"We are sorry. It goes against everything that we stand for as a company. We're listening and working hard to do better." Incidents described in the Medium post included being targeted for negative performance reviews or snide comments.

"On the inside, we are sad. Angry. Oppressed. Depressed," the post read. "And treated every day through the micro and macro aggressions as if we do not belong here." The anonymous post maintained that the atmosphere at Facebook has worsened in the past year when it came to non-white workers being recognised, empowered and treated equitably.

"The problem is not just with black employees of different genders," the post read.

"We are remaining anonymous because Facebook creates a hostile culture where anyone that is non-white is made to feel fear for their job and their safety to report any bad behaviours."

Jack Ma, Bezos, Travis Kalanick: Top Bosses Who Promoted Hostile Work Culture

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Leadership Gone Wrong

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Being an industry leader is not child's play. Apart from taking one's business ahead and dealing with the complications that come along with it, inculcating a healthy work culture is also extremely important. Recently, Alibaba Group boss Jack Ma received flak on social media for promoting a 12-hour-a-day and six-days-a-week work routine for success. However, he isn't the only one who, in an effort to be on the top, ended up promoting a hostile work culture. Here's a look at some top bosses who haven't been appreciated for their leadership qualities. (In pic from left: Jeff Bezos, Jack Ma, Travis Kalanick)
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