"Extremely Irresponsible": Twitter CEO Promotes Myanmar, Faces Criticism

Twitter users accused him of promoting Myanmar as a tourist destination and ignoring the plight of the Muslim Rohingya minority.

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'Extremely Irresponsible': Twitter CEO Promotes Myanmar, Faces Criticism

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey shared his experience on Twitter after travelling to Myanmar. (File)


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  1. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was in Myanmar in November for meditation retreat
  2. He promoted Myanmar on Twitter as a tourist destination
  3. Many accused him of ignoring the plight of Muslim Rohingya minority

Twitter's chief executive Jack Dorsey, who faces a lawsuit for hurting Hindu sentiments during his visit to India in November, is now facing criticism for promoting Myanmar as a tourist destination despite widespread allegations of human rights abuses in the country.

In a series of tweets, Mr Dorsey said he had travelled to northern Myanmar in November for a meditation retreat.

"The people are full of joy and the food is amazing," he said, before encouraging his four million followers to visit.

This led to widespread criticism with some accusing him of ignoring the plight of the Muslim Rohingya minority.

In 2017, Myanmar's military launched a violent crackdown after Rohingya militants carried out attacks on several police posts. Thousands of people were killed, and human rights organisations said the army has burned land and committed arbitrary killings and rapes.

"Writing what is effectively a free tourism advert for them at this time is reprehensible," one Twitter user wrote in response to Mr Dorsey's tweets.

"The tone-deafness here is... wow," another user said. "This is an extremely irresponsible recommendation," yet another reads. "Does he pay no attention to the news and the outcry on his own platform?"

The military crackdown had also sparked an exodus of more than 700,000 Rohingyas who have since fled to neighbouring Bangladesh to escape the violence and the destruction of their homes.

The UN has described the operation as a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing" and says senior Myanmar officials should be investigated and tried for genocide.

Mohammed Jamjoom, an Al Jazeera correspondent, who has interviewed Rohingya refugees, said he was left "utterly speechless" by Mr Dorsey's tweets.

Mr Dorsey is yet to respond to the criticism, but earlier said he would track the responses to his tweets.

In India, a court in Rajasthan on December 1, asked the police to file a First Information Report against Mr Dorsey for hurting the sentiments of the Brahmin community by posing for a picture holding an "anti-Brahmin" message.



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