Patriotic internet users in Myanmar have rushed to defend Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, whose tweets following a visit to the “beautiful” country drew global scorn for failing to mention the persecution of Rohingya Muslims.
Dorsey posted a series of gushing tweets on Sunday following a 10-day silent meditation retreat at a monastery near Mandalay, praising the country’s food, people and natural beauty.
But he did not mention the plight of the persecuted Rohingya, 720,000 of whom have fled a military crackdown in the last few years that has been called a genocide by UN investigators.
Twitter lit up with outrage as Dorsey found himself pilloried on his own platform for being “tone-deaf” and “clueless” in his tweets.
But in Myanmar — where the plight of the Rohingya does not draw much sympathy — internet users leapt to the defence of the Silicon Valley billionaire. Read more