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Human Capital: Uber’s Black employee base Shrinks


Welcome back to human capital, where I will introduce the latest knowledge about diversity, equity and inclusiveness, and technology. TL; DR: This week, Apple announced its third person in charge of diversity and inclusion for four years.

Although the company is committed to anti-racism, Uber’s number of black employees has decreased, and Reddit has hired again this year. The second black board member.

At the same time, Facebook’s content moderators opposed the company because the company forced some of them to work in the office during the pandemic. A new report by Silicon Valley Rising shows that 63% of blue-collar tech workers are black or Latino.

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Facebook content moderators demand better protection and benefits

They wrote in an open letter that a team of more than 200 Facebook content moderators and some full-time employees asked technology companies to “stop risking the host’s life unnecessarily”, which they wrote to Facebook and manage content An open letter from Accenture, the host’s company contractor.


These requests were made after Intercept reported how some Facebook content moderators (handling things like sexual abuse and graphic violence) were required to return to the office during the pandemic.

According to reports, shortly after they returned to the office, a Facebook content host tested positive for COVID-19.

Guy Rosen, Facebook’s vice president of integrity, said at a press conference that Facebook subsequently defended its decision to bring certain content moderators into the office, saying that it “cannot bring some of the most sensitive graphic content. Pass it to outsourced reviewers”. “This is really sensitive content. You don’t want people to comment with their families at home.”

Turo pledges to invest $1 million to solve wealth inequality

A car-sharing market, partnered with Kiva to provide interest-free loans to blacks and people in traditionally underserved communities to buy cars and then share them on Turo. The $1 million pledge aims to solve the problem of wealth inequality in the United States.

In the so-called Turo seed program, eligible people can raise to $15,000 through crowdfunding and Turo’s matching program. To raise funds on Kiva, people must use the funds for commercial purposes, including car-sharing on Turo.

With Kiva, they can raise to $7,500, then Turo will raise to $7,500. From there, they can buy cars and list them on Turo.

Tech’s cafeteria staff, security personnel, etc. are mainly black or Latino

A recent report from “The Rise of Silicon Valley” shows that approximately 63% of blue-collar tech workers are black or Latino. These are workers who cook and provide food in tech company canteens, drive tech shuttles, or act as safety officers or custodians.

Also this week, a group of cafeteria workers who had worked in Verizon Media’s offices protested outside the CEO’s residence in San Francisco.


Verizon Media contractor Compass fired these workers in September. At the same time, LinkedIn stopped paying more than 260 food service workers at the end of June, and Tesla fired 280 gatekeepers and bus drivers in April.

Apple announces new head of D&I

Apple recently announced that Barbara Whye, Intel’s former head of D&I, will join them in early 2021 as the vice president of inclusion and diversity. With her family,” an Apple spokesperson said at the time.

Smith has held this position since the end of 2017, after the company’s first-ever serving as vice president of diversity and inclusion Denise Young Smith left after six months in office.

Uber’s D&I efforts are insufficient this year

Uber recently released its latest diversity report, which shows that despite the increased focus on racial justice this year after the police killed George Floyd, the overall representation of black employees in the United States has declined.

In 2019, Uber’s proportion of blacks was 9.3%, and this year only 7.5% of its employees are black. Bo Young Lee, Uber’s chief diversity officer, told TechCrunch that Uber attributed the decline in black employees to layoffs earlier this year and that about 40% of the company’s community operations employees were fired.

She said: “As a company that has publicly expressed its opposition to racism, this is unacceptable.” She said that the unintentional decrease in Uber’s black population “resulted in a lot of souls searching.” Of course, Dara was frustrated. Every leader is. After you finish all the work, it is easier to lose its foundation. ”

Reddit adds another black director to the board

Reddit has appointed Paula Price as a member of the board of directors. Paula Price has served on the boards of six listed companies including Accenture and Deutsche Bank. The appointment of Price made her one of two black directors on the company’s board of directors.

Reddit CEO Steve Huffman said in a statement: “Paula’s extensive experience as a world-class financial executive and a strategic advisor will bring us tremendous benefits in the coming years. “The most important thing is that she embodies the two most important qualities of our board of directors: the professional knowledge of leading the company in the period of transformation and development and the true passion for Reddit’s mission. ”

Before Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian stepped down on the board and urged the company to appoint a black director to take over, Reddit had zero black board members. Reddit accepted Ohanian’s suggestion and appointed Y Combinator Michael Seibel as a board member.

LAPD bans commercial facial recognition

After Buzzfeed asked police officers about the use of Clearview, LAPD prohibited the use of commercial facial recognition programs. But this is not to say that LAPD will not continue to use facial recognition that compares images with suspicious booking records, but it will no longer use facial recognition tools that rely on social media and other websites.

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