Jack Dorsey, the Chief Executive of Twitter, was accused of making 'tone deaf' comments about Burma after he promoted the country as an ideal place for meditation and tourism, despite allegations of widespread human rights abuse.
In a series of tweets to his four million followers, Dorsey said he spent 10 days meditating in northern Burma, where he described the food as "amazing" and the people as "full of joy." "Myanmar is an absolutely beautiful country," he wrote.
"I visited the cities of Yangon, Mandalay, and Bagan. We visited and meditated at many monasteries around the country.... if you're willing to travel a bit, go to Myanmar."
Critics said the Twitter co-founder appeared to be blissfully unaware of the fact that thousands of people have been killed in Burma amid a military crackdown on the Muslim Rohingya minority.
The Burmese army has allegedly burned areas inhabited by the Rohingya, as well as slaughtering and raping civilians, causing a mass exodus to neighbouring Bangladesh. However, the Burmese authorities deny committing any human rights abuses.
"The tone-deafness here is... wow," said one Twitter user. "This is an extremely irresponsible recommendation," said another. "Does he pay no attention to the news and the outcry on his own platform?"