Twitter chief Jack Dorsey mocked for 'tone deaf' Burma comments

Twitter CEO slammed for encouraging followers to visit Myanmar

Twitter CEO slammed for encouraging followers to visit Myanmar

A person who said they were familiar with Dorsey's intentions said in an interview with The Washington Post that Dorsey travelled to Myanmar because Vipassana - which has numerous adaptations - is practiced in its most traditional form only within the country. "We visited and meditated at many monasteries around the country. if you're willing to travel a bit, go to Myanmar".

There was no mention of the plight of the Rohingya in the more than 700-word thread.

A crackdown by the military a year ago left thousands dead and there have been reports of a systematic campaign of rape and murder.

Twitter did not immediately return requests for comment.

The Rohingya Muslims, a persecuted minority, are seen as illegal immigrants by the Myanmar government in a country with a 90 per cent Buddhist population.

"Sure, if you arent bothered by literal ethnic cleansing, it's probably real nice scenery", wrote one Twitter user.

In response to another tweet in which Dorsey wrote that the people of Myanmar "are full of joy", a user replied: "The people are so full of joy!"

The Burmese army has allegedly burned areas inhabited by the Rohingya, as well as slaughtering and raping civilians, causing a mass exodus to neighbouring Bangladesh.

"It's a country actively committing genocide against its own people, but great job advertising for them", wrote another user.

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Matthew Smith, CEO of Southeast Asia-based human rights NGO Fortify Rights, told Al Jazeera that Dorsey had "at best" miscalculated the reaction his post would provoke.

The Myanmar military responded with a widespread crackdown against almost all the Rohingya population in the area.

The Myanmar military, which maintains it has only been responding to security threats by militants, reportedly used social media to target the Rohingya for ethnic cleansing. UN-mandated investigators have accused Myanmar's army of "genocidal intent".

In August 2017, hundreds of new Twitter accounts sprang up in Myanmar, many of which appeared to be attempts to counter sympathetic portrayals of the Rohingya by the Western news media and human rights activists.

Numerous tweets on these accounts appeared to be attempts to counter sympathetic portrayals of the Rohingya by the Western news media and human rights activists. Rohingya regard themselves as native to Rakhine but the government has denied majority citizenship.

These and similar tweets could still be found online almost a year after the crackdown.

Twitter removed a number of tweets specifically flagged to it by Reuters in the run up to the publication of the report.

Twitter later apologised for the photo, which was taken during a trip to India and posted by a journalist Dorsey met during his visit.

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