Twitter employees mainly male and white, says it has 'lot of work to do'

Twitter has been under pressure from U.S. civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson to release the data

By , IDG News Service |  IT Management

Jackson said last week that tech companies cannot explain away their hiring disparities by citing an issue with talent among blacks. Google, for example, has pointed to data that showed that blacks and Hispanics each account for under 10 percent of U.S. college graduates and each earn fewer than 10 percent of degrees in computer science majors. The argument ignores the fact that black people are also severely underrepresented in nontechnical Silicon Valley roles, Jackson said.

Twitter has employee-led groups to promote inclusiveness and has also partnered with several organizations that address the same issue.

John Ribeiro covers outsourcing and general technology breaking news from India for The IDG News Service. Follow John on Twitter at @Johnribeiro. John's e-mail address is john_ribeiro@idg.com

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