Twitter clarification on its CEO holding anti-Brahmin placard gets exposed by Journalist who shared the photograph first

Huge controversy has erupted in India, since a picture of Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey holding an anti-Brahmin placard went viral on the Internet. Dorsey was caught on camera holding a placard saying “Smash Brahmanical Patriarchy,” during a closed-door meeting with few left leaning female journalists, as part of his Indian visit.

For last 24 hours or so, Twitter has been flooding with angry reactions from Indian people, who believe Dorsey’s photograph to be discriminatory towards one particular community. Feeling the heat from one of their biggest markets, if not the biggest, Twitter came up with several unofficial clarifications on the situation.

However the clarifications do not seem to be of much help, as the troubles for Twitter in India are only deepening. Vijaya Gadde, who is Legal, Policy and Trust & Safety Lead at Twitter, in a tweet claimed that the picture was a private one and does not reflect views of the social media giant.

“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,” the Google official said.

However this claim from twitter official, met with a rather quick retort from journalist, Anna MM Vetticad, who was one of the attendees at the closed-door meeting with Jack Dorsey, and the first one to share the controversial photograph.

Refuting the claims of the photograph being private, the journalist said that it was captured by Twitter. She further accused the Twitter of saving their skin.
“Sad to see a lack of awareness & concern about caste issues in your tweet, @vijaya. On a separate note, this was not a “private photo” – it was shot by a rep & mailed to us to share if we wish. You are throwing us under the bus to save your skin. Unbelievable,” Anna MM Vetticad said.

With China barring all foreign based social media services, India is the largest market for the likes of Twitter, Google and Facebook. All these services, from time to time indulge in activities to get more closer with Indian people. Jack Dorsey was perhaps on a similar mission, but he apparently played some wrong moves. Instead of winning the heats of the Indian people, Jack Dorsey has ended up angering them. It would also interesting to see if some other online services try to take advantage of the situation in India.

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