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LinkedIn CEO apologizes after an internal meeting about racial inequality and bias was overrun by 'appalling' comments from anonymous employees

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  • LinkedIn CEO Ryan Roslansky apologized on Thursday after employees anonymously made "appalling" comments criticising the company's efforts to diversify its workforce during a global town hall meeting to discuss racial inequity and biases earlier this week. 
  • Roslansky, who only started as CEO of the Microsoft-owned social network on Monday, apologized for allowing the comments."We are not and will not be a company or platform where racism or hateful speech is allowed," he said.
  • Other LinkedIn staffers were outraged, according to the Daily Beast, and called the comments "disturbing and racist."
  • The company will no longer allow anonymous comments at such meetings. LinkedIn declined to comment beyond Roslansky's public email to employees.
  • LinkedIn released a report last year showing just 3.5 percent of its workforce was Black.
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LinkedIn's new CEO apologized to employees after the company allowed a meeting to address protests across the United States over police brutality and systemic racism prompted by the death of George Floyd to be taken over by "appalling," anonymous employee comments.
"We are not and will not be a company or platform where racism or hateful speech is allowed," he said.See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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