Facebook tells women staffers not to wear ‘distracting’ clothes: Ex-employee


London: Women employees at the social networking giant Facebook are often told not to wear “revealing” dresses that may “distract” co-workers, a former Facebook employee has claimed in his book.

According to a report in The Telegraph, Antonio Garcia Martinez who worked at Facebook before being fired, made these allegations in his book titled “Chaos Monkeys.”

DSC01391.0.0“Our male HR authority, with occasional backup from his female counterpart, launched into a speech about avoiding clothing that ‘distracted’ coworkers. I’d later learn that managers did in fact occasionally pull aside female employees and read them the riot act,” Martinez claimed.

The Facebook team is still dominated by white and Asian men. Diversity improved only marginally although Facebook added 2897 employees this year, TechCrunch reported last year, citing the company’s latest demographic report.

The 10,082-person company has only one percent more women as a share of all employees than a year ago despite a 40 percent increase in the head count.

Ex-Facebook workers have claimed that allegations of sexism are not taken seriously.

“One such example happened in [the advertising department], with an intern who looked about sixteen coming in regularly in booty shorts. It was almost laughably inappropriate, but such was our disinhibited age,” Martinez wrote in his book.

Martinez also claimed that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is prone to angry outbursts.

“After an unknown employee leaked details of a new feature to the press, Zuckerberg reportedly emailed the entire office with the subject line ‘Please resign’, claiming that the person in question had betrayed the team,” The report said, citing Martinez.

A Facebook spokesperson did not comment on Martinez’ allegations, the report added.

The company has launched several initiatives to improve diversity, out of which the most noticeable is its diverse slate approach, which aims to “present hiring managers with at least one qualified candidate who is a member of an under represented group to fill any open role”.

Post in 45 different languages on Facebook soon

The social networking giant will soon make it easy for you to communicate with a global audience. The company is introducing a new software that automatically translates your posts to several different languages, a media report said on June 2.

The software makes your published posts visible to people in their preferred languages.

All you need to do is type up a post, click on a pull-down menu, and add up to 45 different language translations – ranging from French to Filipino to Lithuanian, tech website CNET reported.

The so-called “multilingual composer” is being tested only among a small group of users for now.

The social network said the feature is already being used by 5,000 Facebook Pages which are specifically for businesses and brands, but it will soon open for testing to the broader social network.

According to Facebook, about half of its 1.65 billion users worldwide speak a language other than English.

The move is expected to allow people to spend more time on Facebook. (Agencies)