Social media site, Twitter, was caught in a massive controversy on Monday as Indian users slammed the site’s CEO, Jack Dorsey for holding a HATE poster during his visit to the country. The photograph was from a gathering where Twitter CEO met people from varied fields.
Jack was photographed holding a poster that read, “Smash Brahminical patriarchy” and posed with a group of women, including journalists, writers, and activists. Users, mainly Right-leaning, outraged against the CEO, accusing him of attacking an “ethnic group” and questioning why only Left-wing individuals were invited to the meet.
Amid the controversy, Twitter India was forced to release an unofficial statement, clarifying that a member had offered the poster to Dorsey and assuring that Twitter believes in hearing all voices.
The storm erupted after a journalist shared a group photograph at the event with Dorsey surrounded by Twitter’s Amrita Tripathi, its legal head Vijaya Gadde and other activists and writers.
Sharing the photograph, journalist Anna MM Vetticad wrote, “took part in a roundtable with some of us women journalists, activists, writers… to discuss the Twitter experience in India. A very insightful, no-words-minced conversation.”
Throughout the day, Indian users questioned possible reasons the head of a global social media site would decide to hold a poster targeting one group, considering he had not made any such statements through the visit.
By evening, the Twitter India handle defended itself, stating, “Recently, we hosted a closed-door discussion with a group of women journalists and changemakers from India to better understand their experience using Twitter. One of the participants, a Dalit activist, shared her personal experiences and gifted a poster to Jack.”
During Twitter CEO @jack's visit here, he & Twitter's Legal head @vijaya took part in a round table with some of us women journalists, activists, writers & @TwitterIndia's @amritat to discuss the Twitter experience in India. A very insightful, no-words-minced conversation 😊 pic.twitter.com/LqtJQEABgV
— Anna MM Vetticad (@annavetticad) November 18, 2018
@Twitter @TwitterIndia So if anybody gives you a Hate poster, will you Blindly showcase it or apply your judgement? This is a juvenile excuse for an unpardonable offence of hate mongering; it is obvious you have taken @jack up the garden path, misled him! https://t.co/5nHvoEttnT
— Mohandas Pai (@TVMohandasPai) November 19, 2018
I'm very sorry for this. It's not relective of our views. We took a private photo with a gift just given to us – we should have been more thoughtful. Twitter strives to be an impartial platform for all. We failed to do that here & we must do better to serve our customers in India
— Vijaya Gadde (@vijaya) November 19, 2018