- The Washington Times - Monday, December 10, 2018

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey sparked backlash on his own site over the weekend after he posted several tweets from his recent visit to Myanmar that praised the people and food of the war-torn country.

Mr. Dorsey called Myanmar “an absolutely beautiful country” in a series of tweets announcing he had visited the Southeast Asian country for his 42nd birthday in November.

“The people are full of joy and the food is amazing,” he wrote, after detailing his experience in a 10-day “Vipassana” retreat, which is a type of silent meditation Mr. Dorsey described as “extremely painful and demanding physical and mental work.”

Mr. Dorsey’s comments were slammed as tone deaf for ignoring the Myanmar military’s persecution of the country’s Rohingya ethnic minority, which the United Nations has characterized as ethnic cleansing. More than 720,000 Rohingya people fled the country to Bangladesh last year.

The Twitter CEO has not publicly addressed the outrage, but said Saturday that he would “track responses” to his posts. He also said he would continue to visit Myanmar for similar retreats every year.

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