Congressman Presses Zuckerberg On Diversity: ‘What Will You Do To Retain Black Workers?’ [VIDEO]

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A Democratic congressman pressed Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on diversity in the company Wednesday during a congressional hearing, wondering when the tech company would recruit more minority workers.

North Carolina Rep. G.K. Butterfield asked Zuckerberg what his plans were to make sure that more black people were placed on the company’s leadership board and what Facebook plans to do to recruit more minorities.


We can do better than that, Mr. Zuckerberg. We certainly can,” Butterfield said. “Do you plan to add an African American to your leadership team in the foreseeable future and will you continue to work with us, the Congressional Black Caucus, to increase diversity within your company that you are so proud of?”

Butterfield also pressed Zuckerberg on how he intends to keep black workers in the company, going so far as to ask for the data on the retention of employees “disaggregated by race.”

Zuckerberg is currently testifying before members of the House of Representatives to answer questions on how the company dealt with personal information from users, among other topics.

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