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Twitter’s CEO And His Wrong Note

How many placards the CEO of Twitter has held up so far that roared the slogans against the “white supremacy” in the USA? The wings of the twitter might be clipped any movement if it starts to “chirp out the wrong note.

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By Salil Gewali

Big people should always keep a “big distance” even from a small controversial issue. Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter, has just landed himself in the soup for holding up a small placard recently in India. Soon after the photo-shoot, which instantly went viral, many other big people expressed their anger against him. Why did it not occur to him that he is a public figure?  Does he not head an epic social-media portal – Twitter which should exert itself to send out the pleasant note for the pleasant co-existence? Well, any great media tycoons should stay away from the influence of the forces with “ulterior motives”. The people with whom Dorsey had taken a photo have a morbid penchant for puncturing the very glory and ethos of this nation. Spreading the negative narratives and setting off the hostility among the two principal communities are their prime mission. So, given the massive twitter-users in India, such obvious and continuous friendship with controversial desperadoes is less agreeable. This might also stand as a stumbling block for Mr. Jack to dream big in the future.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.

The placard, which was presented and held up by the Twitter CEO, read – “Smash the Brahmanical patriarchy”. How suddenly he got worked up to voice the concerns of the people in India.  How many placards has he held up so far that roared the slogans against the “white supremacy” in the USA? Has he ever succeeded pointed out the faults of the major communities with whom he has lived all this life, with whom he has day-to-day encounters? Though being the most advanced country in the world, the male chauvinism is still the hallmark of USA.

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The placard, which was presented and held up by the Twitter CEO, read – “Smash the Brahmanical patriarchy”.

The world is practically shaken by the outright patriarchy of some of the communities that constitute the major portion of the USA and other European countries. Has Mr. Jack stood against those masculine ills? Relatively, how many Brahmins has he met with in his life that prompted him to put on a hateful posture in India? I guess, he should be informed that there are 100 of wrongful patriarchal mores in European and Islamic countries that should be “smashed” systematically first. Let him start his social work from the place of his birth. Let him set up charity-houses in provinces of his ancestors. Yet, let him voice the concerns of the “depraved” such a way that will not be considered as an agenda by any person at any corner in the world. Service with right intention is always desirable. So, Twitter CEO should think 10 times before he takes a new step. Who knows, the wings of the twitter might be clipped any movement if it starts to “chirp out the wrong note”. We can’t see tomorrow today.    

Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great minds on India’. Twitter: @SGewali. 

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Under Fire For Myanmar Tweets

Dorsey was seen posing with six female journalists in a picture on Twitter, with a poster in his hands carrying the offending anti-Brahmin message: 'Smash Brahminical Patriarchy'

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

In a series of tweets, 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 of the Twitter chief, some accused 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 rape.

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

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.

“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 Dorsey’s tweets.

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

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

Dorsey was seen posing with six female journalists in a picture on Twitter, with a poster in his hands carrying the offending anti-Brahmin message: ‘Smash Brahminical Patriarchy’. (IANS)