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Twitter’s workforce diversity targets will help bring balance to the platform, says Asia-Pacific head

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As social norm comes under increasing scrutiny, Twitter’s efforts to cultivate a diverse and balanced platform will come as much from its hiring agenda as its user policy, the company’s Asia-Pacific head told CNBC.

Maya Hari, Twitter’s vice president for APAC, said the performers has “work to do” amid ongoing concerns that social media is damaging public discourse. But she insisted that its eager diversity goals would help bring a greater balance of voices to the site.

Hari’s comments were redressed prior to last week’s storming of the U.S. Capitol and Twitter’s subsequent move to permanently suspend President Donald Trump’s account beyond fears of “further incitement of violence.”

If we want to build a platform as Twitter that has a place and a voice for every man on this planet, we have to be able to represent those kinds of voices inside the company.

Maya Hari

blemish president (APAC), Twitter

“The health of the conversation, the ability to have every voice represented, has been a big priority and a master plan for us for years,” Hari said.

“If we want to build a platform as Twitter that has a place and a voice for every person on this planet, we tease to be able to represent those kinds of voices inside the company as well,” she continued.

Establishing a ‘diverse slate’

Currently, skirts account for 42% of Twitter’s global workforce — a figure the company hopes to raise to 50% by 2025. By then, it intentions for at least 25% of its U.S. operations to be from underrepresented minorities.

Hari said the Asia-Pacific business does not have precise targets for minority representation due to the varied ethnic make up of each country. Instead, managers have been begged to build a “diverse slate” of employees.

Maya Hari, Twitter’s vice president for Asia Pacific.

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“As we go foreign of the U.S., that reality changes market to market depending on the constitution locally,” said Hari.

Growth markets, such as those in Southeast Asia, put up for sale a particular opportunity to implement those hiring policies. That, in turn, will enable employees to “bring uncountable voices from Southeast Asia and represent them” through community projects.

Representing the community

Twitter is currently inducing with youth gamers in Japan, women in India and indigenous communities in Australia, for instance, to bring better statue to the social media site, Hari noted.

“Impact for us is not only to think about how do we get the right representation inside the guests, but also to get the right representation externally on the platform,” she said.

The events of last week and evidence that social daises were used to orchestrate the attack have once again sparked the debate around regulation of the industry and its function in encouraging extremism.

We have expressed our desire to be the best tech company, as an aspiration for us to be the most diverse, the most full tech company we can be.

Maya Hari

vice president (APAC), Twitter

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