On Sunday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg shared a post detailing his plans “to build a simple AI to run my home and help me with my work.” Every year, Zuck explained, he likes to take on a personal challenge to learn and grow. (In the past, he’s challenged himself to read two books every month, learn Mandarin, meet a new person every day, and so on.)
Thousands of people liked and shared the post — and many weighed in with comments. One comment, in particular, stands out the most because Zuckerberg’s response has racked up more than 20,000 likes.
“I keep telling my grand daughters to Date the nerd in school, he may turn out to be a Mark Zuckerberg! Thanks for FB, I’ve reconnected with family and many old friends and classmates,” Darlene Hackemer Loretto said.
Facebook’s demographics largely echo that of the industry at large — predominantly white and male — with men making up 68 percent of all employees and 85 percent of those in tech. Women at Facebook hold about one in four leadership positions, according to the social network’s 2015 diversity report.
Whites make up more than half of the company’s employees with Asians being the second largest racial demographic overall and in tech. Blacks, Latinos, and multiracial employees account for less than 10 percent.
Facebook was often criticized for shutting down accounts for pictures of women breastfeeding because it violated the site’s nudity policy. The social network recently softened its “real name” policy” after years of criticism from users, particularly in the LGBT community, who were kept from using the network because their name, either assumed or legally verified, didn’t sound authentic.
ThinkProgress writes, Zuckerberg’s comment may be the New Year’s resolution for the tech industry as a whole: That gender bias will be replaced by equal opportunity encouragement on every level in 2016.
On Monday, Loretto clarified her remark with a post on her own Facebook.