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Twitter sets public goals for increasing diversity in its workforce

'We want the makeup of our company to reflect the vast range of people who use Twitter.'

Twitter today made public its hiring goals for increasing diversity in its workplace, committing to increasing the number of women and minorities on its staff and encouraging the world to hold it accountable. "We want the makeup of our company to reflect the vast range of people who use Twitter," said Janet Van Huysse, vice president of diversity and inclusion, in a blog post. The move comes amid growing complaints that women and minorities are woefully underrepresented in the world's biggest tech companies.

Last year, Twitter reported that 70 percent of its employees are men, and 79 percent of people in leadership roles are men. The disparity led a former engineer to file a class-action lawsuit against the company, saying Twitter's hiring process disproportionately favors male employees. Its racial makeup is similarly skewed: The company is 58 percent white and 34 percent Asian; Hispanic employees make up just 3 percent of the workforce, and black employees make up 1 percent.

The company's hiring goals for 2016 call for increasing the percentage of women in Twitter's global workforce to 35 percent, and women in leadership roles to 25 percent. The goals call for increasing underrepresented minorities in the United States to 11 percent, and minorities in leadership roles to 6 percent. "Today we've outlined what we believe progress should look like," Van Huysse wrote. "We expect to come back to you next year and show we've delivered, and to be held accountable to it!"

Correction, 3:54 p.m.: This article has been updated to reflect that Twitter's public goals for women apply to its global workforce, but its ethnicity goals apply to the United States only.