Monday 24 July 2017

Twitter comes under fire for 'frat-house' party - during sex discrimination suit

Twitter has come under fire for holding a frat-themed party while it is in the middle of a sexual discrimination lawsuit.

Pictures from the party, which took place at Twitter HQ in Silicon Valley, California, appeared on social media on Tuesday when they were tweeted by a female employee.

The employee quickly removed the picture but it was taken up by Global Tech Women, a Twitter account aiming to connect women in tech.

“Twitter Frat House” signage, a keg, and a beer-pong table can all be seen in the picture.

The website Fusion reports that the social media giant held the party for its revenue team.

Jim Prosser, a spokesperson for Twitter in the US, confirmed to Fusion that a company-funded frat party had taken place, and issued an apology.

“This social event organised by one team was in poor taste at best, and not reflective of the culture we are building here at Twitter,” Prosser said.

“We’ve had discussions internally with the organising team, and they recognise that this theme was ill-chosen.”

Twitter are currently engaged in a sexual discrimination lawsuit in the US, with a female employee claiming that their promotion process unfairly favours men.

Figures released by the US company last year show that only 10pc of its tech employees are female.

The figures also showed that 21pc of its leadership roles were filled by women. 

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