SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter CEO Jack Dorseypledged to make his company more inclusive while addressing the annual meeting of the National Society of Black Engineers.
“We are not going to be relevant unless we are inclusive, unless we are representative of who we serve,” he told CODE2040 founder Laura Weidman Powers during an interview Friday before black engineers and engineering students.
Twitter has been heavily criticized by those outside and inside the company for the striking lack of women and minorities in its ranks, especially African Americans. More than a quarter of black Internet users in the U.S. are on Twitter, a rate higher than other ethnic groups, according to a 2013 study by the Pew Research Center. And “Black Twitter” — the flow of conversation about issues that matter to this online community — has become a cultural force capable of influencing the national dialogue and the course of events.