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Twitter CEO Under Fire For Myanmar Tweet

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Twitter’s chief executive Jack Dorsey has been criticised 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 last month for a meditation retreat.

“The people are full of joy and the food is amazing,” he said, before encouraging his 4m followers to visit.

But some accused him of ignoring the plight of the Muslim Rohingya minority.

Last year, Myanmar’s military launched a violent crackdown after Rohingya militants carried out attacks on several police posts.

Thousands of people have been killed, and human rights organisations say 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.

“The tone-deafness here is… wow,” another user said.

“This is an extremely irresponsible recommendation,” one response reads. “Does he pay no attention to the news and the outcry on his own platform?”

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