Twitter CEO Knocked For Promoting Myanmar Meditation Retreat

More than 600,000 Rohingya refugees have flooded into Bangladesh to flee an offensive by Myanmar’s military that the United Nations has called “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing

Twitter CEO Knocked For Promoting Myanmar Meditation Retreat

"The people are so full of joy! I visited the cities of Yangon, Mandalay, and Bagan", he wrote.

He posted a thread about his travels and said: "if you're willing to travel a bit, go to Myanmar".

The backlash began Saturday evening, when Dorsey posted about his 10-day trip to the Myanmar town of Pyin Oo Lwin for a meditation retreat.

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. In 2017, Myanmar's military launched a violent crackdown after Rohingya militants carried out attacks on several police posts. UN-mandated investigators have accused Myanmar's army of "genocidal intent".

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Andrew Stroehlein, European Media Director for Human Rights Watch, wrote: "I'm no expert on meditation, but is it supposed to make you so self-obsessed that you forget to mention you're in a country where the military has committed mass killings & mass rape, forcing hundreds of thousands to flee, in one of today's biggest humanitarian disasters?" About the ongoing ethnic cleansing of Rohingya's in Rakhine State!

The U.S. has imposed sanctions on three of the country's military leaders and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in August called the military's actions "abhorrent ethnic cleansing", and said the U.S. would hold those responsible accountable.

"It's important that powerful people know and understand the landscape of abuse in Myanmar and speak openly and publicly about it. Genocide is everyone's problem, and while we don't expect everyone to speak about it publicly at every turn, atrocity crimes are the elephant in the room with regard to social media here", Smith said.

Others mentioned how social media has played a part in sometimes spreading vile hate speech in Myanmar and other countries across the world. The pope made the same mistake.

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Last month the Twitter CEO found himself at the heart of another storm after he upset Hindu nationalists and some members of the Brahmin caste in India by posing for a picture with a placard reading: "Smash Brahminical patriarchy".

In another tweet about Myanmar, Dorsey said the highlight of his trip was "serving monks and nuns food, and donating sandals and umbrellas".

Earlier in the year, Facebook defended itself against accusations it had morphed into a "beast" spreading vitriol against Rohingya Muslims, after the United Nations claimed: "hate speech and incitement to violence on social media is rampant". Members of the ethnic group regard themselves as native to Rakhine State in western Myanmar, but the country has denied majority citizenship.

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