Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Promotes Vacation in Genocide-Torn Myanmar

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey sparked a backlash by tweeting about his vacation in Myanmar, a country the United Nations has accused of engaging in genocide.

Dorsey tweeted Saturday that he celebrated his recent birthday in the Southeast Asian country, which is also often referred to as Burma. Dorsey took part in a 10-day silent Buddhist meditation, saying it allowed him "to hack the deepest layer of the mind and reprogram it."

Several times in his tweet thread, Dorsey praised Mynamar and urged people to visit the country.

Dorsey's tweets did not mention that in recent years Mynamar's military and Buddhist extremists have engaged in mass persecution and murder of the Rohingya, a predominantly Muslim ethnic minority. In 2017, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson labeled the campaign of killing, mass rape, and forced relocation "ethnic cleansing." In August, the United Nations called for Myanmar's leaders to be tried for crimes against humanity and genocide.

Twitter users slammed the tweet thread, accusing Dorsey of being tone deaf for completely ignoring the plight of the Rohingya.

Alex Griswold

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Alex is a staff writer at the Washington Free Beacon. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2012. Before joining the Free Beacon, he was a writer for Mediaite and The Daily Caller. He is originally from Buffalo, New York, but regrettably now lives in Washington, D.C. He can be reached at griswold@freebeacon.com

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