>> But somewhere along the line.>> Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has responded to criticism over tweets he sent about a meditation retreat in Myanmar. Human rights observers and others on Twitter were quick to point out that he did not mention the plight of Rohingya Muslims in the country.
Dorsey said Wednesday he was quote, aware of the human rights atrocities and suffering in Myanmar. The UN and aid agencies say hundreds of thousands of Rohingya fled an army crack down in Myanmar's Rakhine state in 2017. Myanmar says the crack down was launched in response to insurgent Rohingya attacks on security forces.
Dorsey's initial tweets had pictures of a monastery room where he stayed, and analysis of his heart rate while meditating. On Wednesday, Dorsey said his visit was purely personal, and that he did not intend to diminish by not raising the issue. In August, a Reuters report described how hate speech spread on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook, at the peak of Myanmar's military crackdown.
Dorcy said quote, we're actively working to address emerging issues, this includes violent extremism and hateful content. Last month Dorsey triggered a social media storm in India, he posted a picture of him with the placard that read, smash brahminical patriarchy. That's a reference to the highest Hindu caste, the photo went viral and twitter later apologized.