Twitter Throws a Frat Party, Immediately Regrets It
"We’ve had discussions internally with the organizing team, and they recognize that this theme was ill-chosen."
At a time when the tech industry has come increasingly under fire for its lack of diversity and finds itself embattled with several gender discrimination lawsuits, Twitter made the unfortunate choice to throw a frat party.
A female employee posted a picture of the party scene on Facebook that quickly went viral, inspiring dozens of messages highlighting the tone deafness of the event with the hashtag #brogrammers. The party, while held in a decidedly corporate-looking room, included a beer pong table, the obligatory red Solo cups and a sign that read Twitter Frat House in a Greek font.
In response the wave of criticism, Twitter spokesman Jim Prosser issued a statement admitting that the theme of the event was a poor choice: “This social event organized by one team was in poor taste at best, and not reflective of the culture we are building here at Twitter. We’ve had discussions internally with the organizing team, and they recognize that this theme was ill-chosen."
Last year, Twitter issued a statement that conceded that men comprise 70 percent of Twitter's workforce, but was working with peer-groups to increase diversity. Twitter currently faces a lawsuit filed by Tina Huang, a former engineer, who alleges that the process for promotion at the company is both unclear and biased in favor of men.