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PayPal holds all-male gender equality panel

Oh, the irony.

After PayPal announced that it would host a discussion on gender equality in the workplace, the online payment company was blasted on social media for its invite.

What went wrong? The panel to lead the discussion is entirely male, NBC News reported.

PayPal circulated the invite on Thursday, which read: "Please join us for a discussion with our senior male leaders...about how men and women can partner to achieve a better workplace."

PayPal President and CEO Dan Schulman (center) joins employees, customers and Nasdaq employees while ringing the bell at Nasdaq this morning on July 20, 2015 in New York City.
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PayPal President and CEO Dan Schulman (center) joins employees, customers and Nasdaq employees while ringing the bell at Nasdaq this morning on July 20, 2015 in New York City.

People responded with sarcasm and disappointment on social media.

PayPal's President of Unity Nolwenn Godard took to Facebook to issue a response, according to NBC News. Godard wrote that the full name of the event, "Gender Equality and Inclusion in the Workplace: A Conversation with our Male Allies," did not make it onto original posters.

"As a woman leader at PayPal, I am proud of the steps PayPal has taken to promote gender equality in the workplace," Godard wrote on Facebook.

However, PayPal's executive board is composed of 15 men and only three women, NBC Bay Area News reported.

PayPal did not provide additional comments to CNBC.

LaFawn Bailey, Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion in PayPal, wrote a blog post on the company's website addressing the controversy.

"We should have emphasized that the women in our community will also be full participants in the discussion," she wrote. "Our hope is that this event, which is open to all PayPal employees, will provide a different perspective and spur advocacy around gender balance."

Godard will be moderating the panel as a result of the feedback, according to Bailey.

Read the full story on NBC Bay Area News.