Facebook told members of the Congressional Black Caucus that the social media giant was committed to adding an African American to its board of directors.
Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg made the commitment during a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill Thursday.
Sandberg told lawmakers Facebook was in negotiations with a board candidate whose identity she did not disclose. She declined to say when an announcement would be made. Facebook’s board has eight members, none of whom are African American.
Facebook declined to comment.
Sandberg is on Capitol Hill this week meeting with lawmakers over Russian government-linked ads on Facebook that sought to sow political division around the presidential election.
Facebook ads run by an organization linked to the Russian government were intended to heighten tensions in the country over divisive issues such as race.
“I think today’s meeting was productive and sets us on a path to get more answers and eventually, change. Facebook and other digital companies cannot become a Trojan Horse for foreign efforts to influence our democratic elections,” Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) said in a statement. “Accountability standards exist for radio and TV advertising and clearly must exist for social media and online advertising.”
Diversity in the technology industry is a major issue for the Congressional Black Caucus, which has been pressing Silicon Valley to accelerate efforts to hire women and people of color.
Source: USA Today / Jessica Guynn