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Twitter Sets Goals for Increasing Workforce Diversity

FILE - A portrait of the Twitter logo in Ventura, California.
FILE - A portrait of the Twitter logo in Ventura, California.

Social media giant Twitter is setting modest goals to increase the number of female employees at the company from 34 percent to 35 percent by the end of next year.

The company released the hiring targets Friday with data showing that Twitter, like most other major U.S. tech companies, employs primarily white and Asian men.

The San Francisco company said it would hire more underrepresented minorities, boosting their numbers from 10 percent to 11 percent.

Twitter also said it planned to boost the number of women and underrepresented minorities in tech roles and leadership positions.

Janet Van Huysse, Twitter's vice president of diversity and inclusion, said in a blog post Friday, "We want the makeup of our company to reflect the vast range of people who use Twitter."

"While we have already been working toward internal diversity goals at different levels of the company, I am very pleased to report that we are now setting companywide diversity goals, and we are sharing them publicly," she said.

To help achieve its aims, Twitter said it would partner with organizations that offer career guidance to underrepresented minorities and would recruit employees from historically black colleges and Hispanic-serving institutions this fall.

Twitter employs about 4,100 people around the world.